Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tip: Updating FreeBSD with freebsd-update with full filesystem

My old 266 Mhz Celeron (soon to be replaced my an ASUS I220GC motherboard with integrated Celern 220 CPU) is installed on a 4GB HDD which leaves about 297Mb for the /var filesytem.

freebsd-update, the base tool to perform binary system updates, uses by default the /var filesystem. While updating to the recent FreeBSD 7.1-RC1 I couldn't finish the update due to a full filesystem.

Here's how solve the issue and fully update the system:
  • % su
  • # freebsd-update -d /path/to/big/path/directory/ upgrade -r 7.1-RC1
  • # freebsd-update -d /path/to/big/path/directory/ install
  • # shutdown -r now
  • # freebsd-update -d /path/to/big/path/directory/ install
  • # shutdown -r now
In other words, simply use freebsd-update's -d option. man freebsd-update and for more info.

Happy updating ;)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you, that is useful to know.

/var has historically been set up as quite small, so being able to use another filesystem to store working files is a life saver.