Linked by Nathan Mace on Tue 19th Mar 2002 17:21 UTC
FreeBSD Most tech savvy geeks can work their way through a FreeBSD install, even if they have no prior UNIX experience. However installing an OS and configuring an OS are two totally different things. This article is targeted towards anyone who might be wondering about FreeBSD, but doesn't know what to do with it after they install it. This isn't then end-all be-all of FreeBSD howto's. Just some of the simple stuff. Update: Some of the readers of OSNews have emailed me concerning corrections that need to be made in this article. Dig in (third page) for more.
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by Ken on Wed 20th Mar 2002 19:33 UTC

I know that the manual says that you should "shutdown now" before installing world and kernel, but I just want to tell all the BSD newbies that this is completely unnecessary. I *never* reboot into single-user mode to installworld or installkernel with any of my production machines. I just:

make -j4 buildworld && make buildkernel KERNCONF=MYKERNEL && make installworld && make installkernel KERNCONF=MYKERNEL && cp -Rp /etc /etc.old

(-j4 means run 4 threads instead of one. some of my boxes are quad xeons... also, always backup /etc!)

then I come in later, do mergemaster, and then:

at 0400
shutdown -r now

... and I never worry about coming in in the morning to find that the machine can't boot. unlike what happens with linux 75% of the time.