i386->AMD64 upgrade path

M. Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Tue Jun 29 12:49:35 PDT 2004


In message: <20040629112922.su8k0ko8kg844kos at www.sweetdreamsracing.biz>
            Kenneth Culver <culverk at sweetdreamsracing.biz> writes:
: Quoting Damian Gerow <dgerow at afflictions.org>:
: 
: > Thus spake Kenneth Culver (culverk at sweetdreamsracing.biz) [29/06/04 10:23]:
: > : >What is the state of the AMD64 version of BSD? Other than that im leaning
: > : >toward the 1.7GHz Centrino, but I hear a lot of problems with FreeBSD
: > : >working right with Centrino, is this correct? What are the issues?
: > : >
: > : It runs OK, with some minor nits compared to x86 version. I'm not sure
: > : what the
: > : laptop maker is talking about... but if you boot the x86 version of 
: > FreeBSD,
: > : it'll work. I think they meant you can't switch from amd64 to x86 after
: > : already
: > : booting an OS.
: >
: > Apologies for the noob question (and perhaps a slightly-OT post), but I've
: > been debating purchasing an AMD64 machine for about a month now.  Aside from
: > being lost in the myriad of available CPUs, I'm lost in the upgrade path.
: >
: > According to the statement above, this means that I can boot, buildworld,
: > buildkernel, installkernel, reboot into single-user, installworld, rebuild
: > ports?  Will that move me to a 64-bit platform?  Or is there some other
: > trickery to this?  Would a binary upgrade be a better path?
: 
: Although I could be wrong, I don't think it's possible to upgrade like this.
: Last I heard someone was working on this capability, but I haven't heard if
: it's done yet. I just did a complete reinstall after backing up important
: info/configuration.

I've heard people upgrading this way, but it is definitely rough
sledding.

Warner


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