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Author Topic: administering mass upgrades seems cumbersome  (Read 1633 times)


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administering mass upgrades seems cumbersome
« on: December 26, 2007, 09:09:52 am »

Suppose I want to upgrade every VL box in my home lan from VL 5.8 to 5.9 (Computer #5 is a server).

Of course, it would be convenient if all the application programs were on the server, because upgrading would be easy, right? But, let's say the server is just for multimedia; -it just streams mp3 files and videos. All the VL-powered nodes are independent and self-contained; no $PATH to the server, except for a few shell scripts and some NFS mounts. 

I want to periodically ssh individually to the other local computers, type: ssh; netpkg update; netpkg upgrade. (Or something like that.) I don't want to run all over the house in sneakers, 3x a year, formatting partitions, installing new versions, etc. Is that wrong?

Although I have never used it, I hear that upgrading is a snap in FreeBSD. Some installs have been running without a cumbersome upgrade since 1999. Yet they have the latest FreeBSD apps and kernels. VL is a wonderful and speedy little system!

Is upgrading a VL system significantly more difficult than upgrading a FreeBSD system?

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