I'm new to the whole *BSD-scene, I have a Solaris/HP-UX background.
However, now it seems my boss wants me to start looking after a few
OpenBSD-boxes at work. I am turning to you - the OpenBSD community :)
- for some pointers as this is a new arena for me.
I looked at the boxes for the first time today, and after some
investigating, it seems that whoever had been looking after them until
now had not done a very good job. Several of the patches I found on
OpenBSD.org had not been applied even though they were posted a while
back. Oh well. I patched 'em up-to-date. (I really like the diff-style
But, it seems I will need to do more upgrading/fiddling around. I
found the list of availible packages and installed the ones I needed -
but if I understand correctly, what I really want to do is install a
lot of the apps from the ports tree to get the latest possible version
of things. And - that means I have to update the ports tree (right?)
I've found lots of info about this - but ALOT of it is confilicting.
My questions regarding the ports tree:
1. CAN I run ports --stable on a system that was installed from the
distro CD's without upgrading the system to --stable? If so, how do I
update the ports tree to --stable? I've found at least 10 conflicting
sources of info on how to do this.
2. If I keep patching the machines with the patches from OpenBSD.org -
do I need to CVS down the --stable stuff at all??? (from a security
I guess what I want to do is run the system as a distribution system
with a ports tree updated to stable. (am I way of track there?)
I really wish I had more time to look into this. I am hoping for some
quick answers here. Unfortunately, I have to fight fires on my Solaris
boxes all day.
Oh, by the way -- they are OpenBSD 3.1 systems (i386) installed right
from the distro CD's.
I really would be grateful for any help in this matter.