"nvram get innerver" value carried over from ALPHA to STABLE

Swistheater

Very Senior Member
"nvram get innerver" value carried over from ALPHA to STABLE. Firmware reports 386.4 (I just switched to stable), but "nvram get innerver" reports innerver=3.0.0.4.386.4_alpha1-g8f4afe6890
 

RMerlin

Asuswrt-Merlin dev
This is perfectly normal, this variable only gets set on a factory default reset.

Code:
[email protected]:/tmp/home/root# nvram get innerver
3.0.0.4.384.19_alpha4-ge96d45e0a7

Yes, that is how often I do factory default resets on my own router - basically never...
 

fantom

Occasional Visitor
Yes, that is how often I do factory default resets on my own router - basically never...
Why then there are so many posts on this forum to do a factory reset every new release upgrade? Seems like “dirty upgrades” are being frown upon, yet they are working perfectly well for you.
 

ColinTaylor

Part of the Furniture
Why then there are so many posts on this forum to do a factory reset every new release upgrade?
I don't think there are that many posts that say that, except perhaps from one particular individual. The advice to do a factory reset is usually in response to someone who has encountered a problem after upgrading for which there is no obvious solution. In such cases it's usually quicker and simpler to do a factory reset rather than spending days trying to troubleshoot it on a forum.
 

RMerlin

Asuswrt-Merlin dev
Why then there are so many posts on this forum to do a factory reset every new release upgrade? Seems like “dirty upgrades” are being frown upon, yet they are working perfectly well for you.
It's like Windows. When you have a problem, you can either try to track down the source and fix it, or do a "format and reinstall".
 

JGrana

Very Senior Member
Or, like if you own a "Smart" TV and there is a problem - tier 1 support will tell you to do a factory reset.
Fun...not.
 

fantom

Occasional Visitor
It's like Windows. When you have a problem, you can either try to track down the source and fix it, or do a "format and reinstall".
Thx! Having to reconfigure a router several times a year is obviously a no-go for most people except the most hardened ones, so I am happy to hear that that would not be mandatory. Once in a while, yeah that makes sense.
 

RMerlin

Asuswrt-Merlin dev
Thx! Having to reconfigure a router several times a year is obviously a no-go for most people except the most hardened ones, so I am happy to hear that that would not be mandatory. Once in a while, yeah that makes sense.
If I change the format of a stored setting, I generally implement code that automatically handles the conversion. This conversion might not apply back to changes done 2-3 years ago, which is why I generally recommend doing a factory default reset if you are skipping multiple version (as I don't want to start tracking down the exact version number that implement every specific config changes).

 

fantom

Occasional Visitor
If I change the format of a stored setting, I generally implement code that automatically handles the conversion. This conversion might not apply back to changes done 2-3 years ago, which is why I generally recommend doing a factory default reset if you are skipping multiple version (as I don't want to start tracking down the exact version number that implement every specific config changes).

That is neat and make a lot of sense. Thx for supporting this firmware!
 

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