[ARMedslack] Quick question

Ottavio Caruso ottavio2006-usenet2012 at yahoo.com
Sun Mar 31 22:03:37 UTC 2013

On the other hand if you release a new rootfs say every month, all that a
smart user has to do is umount /home and untar the new rootfs over the old
one and some post install cleanup. Alternatively they can be educated to
update properly.
On Mar 31, 2013 10:55 PM, "Stuart Winter" <m-lists at biscuit.org.uk> wrote:

> On Sun, 31 Mar 2013, Ottavio Caruso wrote:
> > The default method now is to untar a rootfs, there's no point using an
> > installer. That is a remainder of the pc world. I did try it though and
> may
> > recall it didn't work.
> For me, the reasons to use the installer are:
> 1 - Someone has to provide rootfs's and if you want your users to be able
> to install a -current, you need to keep them up to date.
> Or if you don't update it, people will have to upgrade manually (or with a
> tool). But for over 10 years of doing this, I have realised that many
> people install a -current and *never* update it. Or they pick and choose
> packages to upgrade, and end up with a broken OS; then tell you it's all
> broken. You spend ages looking at it and realise it's just cause they
> didn't update properly ;-)
> If you can tell them "reinstall with the installer", and that's how you
> (as a developer do it), then you know that they will get a sane
> environment.
> 2 - If instead of providing rootfs's you supply scripts, you need to be
> cognisant that if your users has no ARM machine, then they cannot
> installpkg every package successfully since some packages chroot into the
> installation and execute the binaries.  THis obviously will not result in
> a properly installed package if it's installed from anything other than
> the target architecture.  This is why the Slackware ARM miniroots are
> built natively even though it'd be far faster to do on an x86.
> 3- You still have to do some OS configuration - and IMO, the installer is
> the best place to do this up front.
> I mean look at Fedora on the Trimslice - they provide a mini root but
> Slackware ARM is installed using the regular installer without any real
> effort. You just boot the installer as normal, install and reboot into the
> OS.
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