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8. Keeping Up-to-Date > 78. FreeBSD from Scratch

FreeBSD from Scratch

For those who prefer to wipe their disks clean before they upgrade their systems.

Have you ever upgraded your system with make world? If you have only one system on your disks, you may run into a problem: if the installworld fails partway through, you may end up with a broken system that might not even boot. It’s also possible that the installworld will run smoothly, but the new kernel will not boot.

What if you’re like me and believe in the “wipe your disks when upgrading systems” paradigm? Reformatting ensures there is no old cruft left lying around. It also means you have to recompile or reinstall all your ports and packages and then redo all your carefully crafted configuration tweaks.


  

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