The latest RELENG_4 UPDATING (version 188.8.131.52) file is confusing me because
I don't know how much of the historical information applies to someone like
me, who wants to upgrade from 3.5-Stable to 4.0-Stable. Perhaps I don't
understand the concept of UPDATING (it's always been a blank file during my
upgrades): Why is there months-old historical information that is necessary
for me to follow, even though my sources (albeit 3.5) are very current?
Here's an example: The note for 19991218 has sendmail.cf moved to /etc/mail,
but my system works perfectly fine with sendmail.cf in /etc.
And another: The note for 19991210 has the wd driver replaced with the ata
driver, but my machine works fine with the wd driver.
My system started with an install from the 3.4-Release CD-ROM a few months
ago, then went to 3.4-Stable and then 3.5-Stable via source upgrades.
How far back do I need to go in the historical information? Is this
historical information taken from when 4.X was -current, and that's why the
dates don't match up for me, who was tracking 3.X?
I cant speak for the rest of the file, but the two items you have
mentioned are definitely still relevant for a 3.anything to a 4.anything
upgrade. The wd driver is no longer preferred and config will complain
(but allow you to use it) if you wish to keep using it over the new and
more advanced ad driver. The ad driver was written from scratch and
(usually) handles newer disks better and faster. Also, if you do not move
the sendmail.cf into /etc/mail, 4.x's sendmail will not use it.
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