..and get an E-mail when it is done!
This is how I currently update world on FreeBSD. I recommend that you start a screen session before doing this. Let’s name our session “updating.”
screen -S updating
If you do not have screen I recommend installing it:
cd /usr/ports/sysutils/screen/ make install clean
Now, let’s check the UPDATING file:
Check for any important news there first (the first couple entries should be enough if you’ve updated recently but you can always check your current patchlevel first with a uname -a).
Go to the src directory and check if anything needs to be updated it /etc before we update by running mergemaster with the -p flag. Often you can skip this step, especially if it is only a minor update.
cd /usr/src mergemaster -p
Then let’s rebuild and install everything in one line. Use your e-mail address instead at the end:
make -j4 buildworld && echo bw-done && \ make -j4 kernel && echo bkik-done && \ make -j4 installworld && echo iw-done && \ echo "install world done" | mail -s "iw done on $HOSTNAME" firstname.lastname@example.org
It will start running with text streaming by.
If you ran screen at the beginning type Ctrl+a and then type d to disconnect from the session.
I like this because I start it in a screen session and immediately detach.
Once I get the e-mail (or if it has been a while and I haven’t received anything) I reconnect.
When you want to reconnect to check on it or after it is done do:
screen -r updating
Once done if everything looks like it ran fine do this:
If you want to save some space after you are done
rm -r /usr/obj
Restart the machine and you should be updated!