When will the amd64 be supported?

Pete French petefrench at ticketswitch.com
Fri Jun 4 08:30:30 UTC 2010

> I'm /really/ just trying to convert all my i386 boxen to amd64.

....this is the source of your problem. What you were trying to
do in builing amd64 is correct, but only if you are already
on an amd64 platform. Those instrcutions are for building the
native architecture.

If you want to convert an existing system 'in-lace' from i386
to amd64, then you need to get an install of amd64 on some portable
drive that you can boot from, boot the machine on that, mount the
original drive under '/mnt' or somewhere, and then do an 'installkernel'
and 'installworld' specifying the mountpoint as the destination.

It does work - but I would do it with a GENERIC kernel first before trying
a custom kernel. Oh, and also you should delete all your ports beforehand
and then rebuild them afterwards so they get rebuilt for amd64.

I would not recommend the above though. You are better off doing
an amd64 install froms cratch. Much less error prone.


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