Upgrading FreeBSD Questions

Roland Smith rsmith at xs4all.nl
Tue Oct 30 16:15:14 PDT 2007

On Tue, Oct 30, 2007 at 07:04:43AM -0700, Jason C. Wells wrote:
> Jason Slack wrote:
>> I want to try version 7 as it has items of interest to me, but I am not 
>> one
>> to continually wipe and reload my machine, can you upgrade from the test
>> releases of 7 available now to the final release when ready? Or do you 
>> have
>> to wipe?
> You can easily upgrade from 7.0-BETA to 7.0-RELEASE without erasing your 
> drive.   Historically, FreeBSD has always been upgradeable even through 
> major releases, 4 to 5, 5 to 6.  Sometimes that has been more painful than 
> others.  Upgrading within a major release, 6.1 to 6.2, has always been 
> pretty easy.

Remember to remove old files and libraries with `make delete-old' and
`make delete-old-libs' as explained in /usr/src/Makefile.

It is advisable to remove and install your ports from scratch when
upgrading to a new major version, because the automatic port updating
tools don't always do this correctly.

R.F.Smith                                   http://www.xs4all.nl/~rsmith/
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