Staying current with FreeBSD – using CVSup to upgrade FreeBSDFreeBSD is not a static operating system. It is changing all the time. Changes eventually make their way from one -current to -stable to -release. For more detail, please see The Cutting Edge: FreeBSD-current and FreeBSD-stable of the FreeBSD Handbook.
I have decided to follow the -stable branch. And as the -stable instructions say, the first thing I did was subscribe to the freebsd-stable and cvs-all mailing lists. Then I followed the instructions for Synchronizing Your Source.
Disk spaceI think you need about 180M free if you haven’t already installed the sources. I came to this figure by issuing the following command after I had completed the make world process.
[root@ns:/usr/src] # du -s
Installing CVSupThere are three options for CVSup. I chose the statically linked executables. This avoids the need for the Modula-3 libraries, which are rather large and compiling them is a lengthy process.
FreeBSD Handbook instructions at Synchronizing Your Source before following what I’ve done below. On that page you’ll find a link to the stable sup file which they recommend. I copied the this file to /usr/home/stable-supfile from:[root@ns:/usr/ports/net/cvsup-bin] # cd /usr/ports/net/cvsup-bin/ [root@ns:/usr/ports/net/cvsup-bin] # make >> cvsup-bin-15.4.2.tar.gz doesn't seem to exist on this system. >> Attempting to fetch from ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD /CVSup/. fetch: ftp.freebsd.org: Not logged in >> Attempting to fetch from ftp://ftp.cs.tu-berlin.de/pub/FreeBSD/ CVSup/. Receiving cvsup-bin-15.4.2.tar.gz (1099198 bytes): 100% 1099198 bytes transfered in 28.0 seconds (38.40 Kbytes/s) ===> Extracting for cvsup-bin-15.4.2 >> Checksum OK for cvsup-bin-15.4.2.tar.gz. ===> Patching for cvsup-bin-15.4.2 ===> Configuring for cvsup-bin-15.4.2 cd /usr/ports/net/cvsup-bin/work/cvsup-bin-15.4.2; gunzip cvsup.1.gz [root@ns:/usr/ports/net/cvsup-bin] # make install ===> Installing for cvsup-bin-15.4.2 cd /usr/ports/net/cvsup-bin/work/cvsup-bin-15.4.2; install -c -o bin -g bin -m 555 cvsup /usr/local/bin install -c -o bin -g bin -m 444 cvsup.1 /usr/local/man/man1 ===> Generating temporary packing list ===> Compressing manual pages for cvsup-bin-15.4.2 ===> Registering installation for cvsup-bin-15.4.2
You can also get this file from:
Then I modified the stable sup file to suit my preferences. First, I changed my cvsup host.
I changed the base directory where the status files will be maintained. Don’t forget to create this directory.
The source tree is divided up into collections. Some collections are not for direct export beyond USA and Canada. However, these collections are available from international servers. See the bottom of your configuration file for details.
Running CVSupI’m behind a firewall, so I used the following command to start my update (you need to do this as root).
cvsup -P - stable-supfile
Then I waited for a few hours for the source code to download.
If you want to know how to run a test of the above, without changing any files, you can do this instead:
mkdir /var/tmp/dest cvsup supfile /var/tmp/dest
For this, you don’t have to be root. You just need read access to /usr/src. The files will be placed in /var/tmp/dest.
Using the sourcesAlways be prepared for disaster. This is especially true before you rebuild your system. Please see Before the disaster and use that a guide. Only then should you attempt the remainder of this diary note.
Once the above steps have been completed, you will have a local copy of the source tree. The next step is to rebuild the system using those sources. According to the Using make world to rebuild your system of the FreeBSD Handbook, the best resource for this process is found at:
I suggest you read that guide before doing anything I did.
Changes made to systemI uncommented the CFLAGS and NOPROFILE definitions in /etc/make.conf.
Making itSection 5.4 of the above URL refers to versions 2.2.5 and above. In these versions, the "world" has been split into two: buildworld and installworld. Here’s what I did:
script /var/tmp/mw.out cd /usr/src make buildworld exit
The script command puts a copy saves all output to the specified file. If anything goes wrong, you will have a copy of all the error messages and what led up to the problem. This will be useful in diagnosing the problem. You might want to save it for others to review. See section 5.2 of Using make world to rebuild your system for more information.
After starting the above, I waited.
Well, it’s been over 24 hours now. I’ll publish this and come back to it later.
It finally finished. I’m not sure, but I estimate that this process took about 56 hours. The output file was about 5.5 Megabytes. I did a grep to find any errors, but I didn’t find any. So on to the next step.
After the compileI recommend you follow section 6 of Using make world to rebuild your system in order to update your /etc directory. For my own documentation, I will list the commands I used, but please don’t blindly follow these instructions.
# cp -Rp /etc /etc.old # mkdir /var/tmp/root # cd /usr/src/etc # make DESTDIR=/var/tmp/root distrib-dirs distribution # cd /var/tmp/root # find -d . -type d | /usr/bin/perl -lne \ 'opendir(D,$_);@f=readdir(D);rmdir if $#f == 1;closedir(D);'
Merging the differencesAfter the above is run, you must compare the old and the new files to see what changes have occurred. This will allow you to retain your original settings. To do this, I created dircomp.pl from the script provided in the above URL. Then I ran it from /var/tmp/root.
Then I carefully checked the results and decided which files to retain, and which ones to throw away.
The following is a list of files which I decided required action. I either modified the incoming file or deleted it, depending on the differences found.
You must decide what action must be taken for your own situation.
After ensuring I had merged the files correctly, I then copied the new stuff over the old stuff:
cp -Rp /var/tmp/root/etc/ /etc
-R does a recursive copy, -p preserves times, ownerships on files, etc. And that trailing / is necessary. If you omit it, your changes will wind up in /etc/etc.
Install worldNow that I’ve done I did a make buildworld so now it’s time to do the install:
cd /usr/src make installworld
New kernelNow is the time to compile a new kernel. For instructions on how to create a new kernel, refer to Configuring the FreeBSD Kernel section in the FreeBSD handbook. Pay special attention to the section on Building and Installing a Custom Kernel
The rebootNow that I’ve rebooted, I get the following on login:
Copyright (c) 1980, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. FreeBSD 2.2.8-STABLE (IPFILTER3) #0: Tue Jan 19 11:18:37 NZDT 1999 Welcome to FreeBSD! You will find security advisories and updated information on this releases posted at http://www.FreeBSD.ORG/releases/
What I missedAfter the reboot, I had some problems. First of all, I couldn’t ping from my NT box to the outside world but I could ping everything on my subnet. That means to me that NAT isn’t working. So I checked the start up messages on the console. IP Filter failed to load. So I recompiled IP Filter. I should have known to do that before I rebooted. My mistake. For a description of the errors I was getting , please see IP Filter won’t load.
I also had problems with sendmail. Here’s the errors from the log:
NOQUEUE: SYSERR(root): /etc/sendmail.cf: line 138: readcf: map checkaddress: class regex not available NOQUEUE: SYSERR(root): /etc/sendmail.cf: line 848: Inappropriate use of $# on LHS NOQUEUE: SYSERR(root): /etc/sendmail.cf: line 879: Inappropriate use of $# on LHS NOQUEUE: SYSERR(root): /etc/sendmail.cf: line 943: Inappropriate use of $# on LHS gethostbyaddr(220.127.116.11) failed: 4 NOQUEUE: SYSERR(root): Warning: .cf version level (8) exceeds sendmail version 8.8.8 functionality (7)
So I did this to reinstall sendmail
cd /usr/ports/mail/sendmail-8.9.2/ make clean make make install /usr/sbin/sendmail -bd -q15m
Then I found this in the logs:
Jan 19 16:18:31 ns sendmail: gethostbyaddr(18.104.22.168) failed: 4
Bah! That’s enough for today. Another time. The above isn’t that serious. I’ll deal with it another day.