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Revision 1.2, Wed Aug 15 21:21:15 2012 UTC (2 years, 1 month ago) by jmmv
Branch: MAIN
CVS Tags: pkgsrc-2013Q2-base, pkgsrc-2013Q2, pkgsrc-2013Q1-base, pkgsrc-2013Q1, pkgsrc-2012Q4-base, pkgsrc-2012Q4, pkgsrc-2012Q3-base, pkgsrc-2012Q3
Changes since 1.1: +14 -0 lines

Update to 1.1:

- Use shtk for the common utilities and configuration file parsing
  functionality.  The local copies of the "config" and "utils" modules
  are gone.

Things that sysupgrade could do
===============================

- Deduce the current NetBSD release from /etc/release and the target
  release from etc.tgz and inform the user about the changes.  This will be
  necessary if the upgrade process needs to apply specific tweaks depending
  on the affected NetBSD releases (which is not the case at the moment).

- Ability to automatically deduce the next upgrade target from a collection
  of directories (e.g. from FTP).  We should be able to tell sysupgrade to
  follow along 6.0.x, or 6.x, or the daily builds and get it to pick the
  most recent available build.  Having to manually scan FTP directories to
  select the correct build is... inconvenient.

- Ensure that the fetched sets belong to the current architecture.  I have
  bitten once by mistakenly pointing my custom update scripts to the wrong
  platform directory, rendering the machine unusable as soon as base.tgz
  was unpacked.

- Download release checksums and validate files against them.  The 'fetch'
  command should unconditionally download the checksums every time it is
  run and then deduce whether it needs to redownload (possibly-newer) sets
  or do nothing.

- Add destdir support to etcupdate(8) and allow the 'etcupdate' command to
  run when destdir is enabled.

- Maybe sysupgrade should be more interactive by default, letting the user
  know what exactly is going to happen before doing so (e.g. what will be
  the new version, where things are being downloaded from, etc.), and
  providing a "quiet mode" flag instead.  etcupdate is interactive anyway,
  so adding more interactive steps (as long as they can be disabled) does
  not seem a big deal.


Things that sysupgrade will NOT do
==================================

- Non-trivial rollbacks.  If rollbacks are ever implemented, they should
  be in the form of file system snapshots OR in the form of syspkgs.
  Getting sysupgrade to magically store files aside to allow a later
  rollback is just too fragile and hard to get right: rollbacks will
  rarely will be necessary, but when they are it's very likely that a
  tool like this is broken.