How easy/hard are updates/upgrades?
seann at seannaswell.com
Sat Jan 21 22:46:01 PST 2023
I too have had 'freebsd-update fetch upgrade' result in issues, so while
FreeBSD's binary update process is easy, it isn't bulletproof.
I personally don't recall ever having an issue with DragonFly's source
updating process, but keep in mind that compiling source is required, so
on resource constrained systems it can take quite a while.
Having been responsible for supporting various systems remotely in the
past, your concern is completely understandable. Once you go thru the
process a few times, you will gain confidence in updating remotely, as
long as you have a backup snapshot of the OS and someone is onsite in
case there are issues.
FYI- A few resources about updating constrained systems:
The other advantage of updating from a central source is that you can
test with a non-critical machine, and be pretty confident it will work
On 1/21/23 12:30, Christoph Harder wrote:
> Hello everybody,
> maybe this question should be extended with "How bulletproof are
> I've used FreeBSD as OS for three VPN gateways, but keeping the
> systems up to date was always a problem.
> Multiple times manual conflict resolution was required. Sometimes
> remote access to the systems failed while/after an update, causing
> downtimes and requiring me to go to the systems.
> Now this might not be a FreeBSD problem, I'm certainly no expert.
> Anyway, the result was, that I generally only did updates when I was
> near the systems and did updates not as often as I would have liked.
> I did the updates by myself, since anytime a manual conflict
> resolution would be required none of the other users could do it.
> Ideally updates/upgrades would be so easy that anybody can do it or
> that they can be automated.
> Now to the actual question. How easy/hard/bulletproof are DragonflyBSD
> https://www.dragonflybsd.org/docs/handbook/Upgrading/ looks super
> easy, but so did the update/upgrade manual of FreeBSD.
> Is the upgrade process on Dragonfly BSD easy enough that you could
> describe the process to a (non-technical) user over the phone?
> Best regards,
> Christoph Harder
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