Recommended procedure for upgrading the site directory

Russ Allbery rra at
Wed Jul 12 00:52:12 UTC 2000

Chris Martin <chris.martin2 at> writes:

> As part of the procedure I use to upgrade, after running ./configure and
> make, I copy the contents of the site directory in the old source
> directory to the site directory in the new one, overwriting all the
> copies of the files from samples.

> This is fine, ~news/etc doesn't need to change, until I make a change to
> one of the files in the new site directory and run 'make install' there
> -- it complains that about four files differ from the samples files and
> refuses to go any further.

If you touch the copies of the files in the site directory so that they
have newer timestamps than the files in the samples directory, make
shouldn't try to update them and you shouldn't have this problem.  Does
this not work the way it should?

Russ Allbery (rra at             <>

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