Does the auto-updater install a clean version of pfSense?



  • I've just upgraded from an early January build of pfSense to the current build (May 12th [RC2?]) and I have a question.

    Does the pfSense auto-updater create another partition on my hard drive and install a "clean" or "fresh" copy of pfSense or does it just upgrade the existing system files?

    EDIT: Should I have recreated my configuration?  Was it safe to have it carried over automatically?



  • It overwrites the existing install by extracting the new files on top of them. It doesn't touch the config.



  • @cmb:

    It overwrites the existing install by extracting the new files on top of them. It doesn't touch the config.

    indeed updating from RC1 to RC2 Clobbered /boot/defaults/loader.conf

    I have hw.ata.ata_dma=0 in there for my old hardware.
    Is there any safe place to put this config to save it being change during an update ?
    Also this is a Headless box…

    No major hassles but (noted most updates didn't break my system) so i presume you only change the files that have changed.



  • put it in

    /boot/loader.conf.local

    If it does not exist just create it.



  • @Nachtfalke:

    put it in

    /boot/loader.conf.local

    If it does not exist just create it.

    Thanks, havent used *BSD  in like 10 years
    Thinking of going back to it from Gnu/Linux


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