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Old 03-18-2007, 09:32 PM   #1
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upgrading to slack 11.0. Confused about .new ext in /etc

I want to upgrade my pc from slackware 10.2 to 11.0.
I've read the UPGRADE.TXT in slackware 11.0 cd.
There's 1 thing in that file that is ambigous for me as I'm not a native english speaker.
it's point #6
6. Fix your config files. Some of the config files in /etc are going to
need your attention. You'll find the new incoming config files on
your system with the ".new" extension. You may need to fill these in
with information from your old config files and then move them over.

Feel brave? ....
So, is that mean that I have to fill the /etc/ file from /etc/foo and then rename (mv) /etc/ to /etc/foo ?

Tnx in advance.
Old 03-18-2007, 10:13 PM   #2
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First, compare the two files, foo and They may be the same, depending what the file is for and whether anything has changed. Depending on what the file(s) are for, you may choose to keep the old config file (foo) if you have maybe done some work customizing it, or you may choose to use the file. Or maybe there is only minimal difference between the two, and you can just take the necessary stuff from the .new file and put it into the original one.
**Most** of the time, when I have had this happen, I end up keeping my old files. HOWEVER I have never upgraded, I started out with Slack 11.
You can always rename the original one foo.OLD, and then rename the foo.NEW file to foo, and see what happens, if you are totally unsure what the file does.

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