When will the amd64 be supported?

Garrett Cooper yanefbsd at gmail.com
Fri Jun 4 08:40:09 UTC 2010

On Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 1:30 AM, Pete French <petefrench at ticketswitch.com> wrote:
>> 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.

That seems to be overcomplicating things a bit, but yes.. the general
strategy would be something along those lines.

> 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.

Yeah, that needs to be done.

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

Wholeheartedly agree.

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