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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I just build a new GENERIC kernel first
by DaN on Thu 21st Mar 2002 00:16 UTC

and after that my customized kernel. Looking through the new GENERIC is always recommended and compiling one is too, just in case your cust kernel doesnt boot or something. If dealing with a remote box, well I think you can stick it into one of the boot config files as well as a copy of your former kernel. Than you might quite safely reboot.

Note that this is about reboot after installworld and mergemaster (upgrade ports after reboot). Can't reboot single user mode and then ssh into the remote box so no try-outs of new kernels in that case. Finish and reboot.

Besides, you should note that you can do binary upgrades from relase to release and then track the RELENG_4_5 branch (and later 4_6, 4_7, etc) to only get bigfixes and security patches, instead of RELENG_4 (= fBSD-STABLE).

If a fix is needed you either apply patch, or cvsup and then either only compile and install that certain part (if it's easily found) or buils/install world. No fiddling with kernels needed then (unless of course there's a kernel fix).