Pre–make world Tasks

So, you’ve chosen to rebuild your system. Whether you’re going to synchronize to interim sources along one of the development branches or you want to rebuild to upgrade to the next major release, there are a number of things you need to do before embarking on the rather convoluted rebuilding process. A lot of things can go wrong, so it pays to follow the game plan:

  1. Make a backup of your system. Nothing is more heartbreaking than performing a simple, routine upgrade, only to find that your filesystem is destroyed and all your users’ data irretrievably lost. Backup solutions might include tape drives, optical disks (CD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, and so on), a second hard drive that you mount only when you need to mirror your first ...

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