upgrading: 5.2.1 to 5.3 OR a new 5.3?

Alex de Kruijff freebsd at akruijff.dds.nl
Sat Oct 2 17:46:04 PDT 2004

On Fri, Oct 01, 2004 at 05:04:31PM +0200, Esaltato wrote:
> Hello. What is your general opinion on upgrading FreeBSD installations?
> I ask this since 5.3 is close and I'm gonna move to a new hd, but I 
> don't know whether is more wise to move my existing beloved 5.2.1 
> install or to start anew.
> Reinstalling has it pros like deleting all the possible junk. But being 
> FreeBSD a very polished filesystem furnished OS, I think it might be 
> safe to convert my 5.2.1 to 5.3 without inheriting too much junk.
> Are there any cons? Maybe the new tecnhology may leave unexpected 
> problems pending against the old one?
> I must say I'm really in favour of a new install, but thinking to the 
> many customizations and mods I've done and to the time it could take to 
> redo them...
> Obviously i would take my conf. files with me, upgrading them when 
> necessary.
> Opinions?

Stay with 5.2.1 plus patches for now. 5.3 is still BETA afther this
comes the candidate releases (RC) and afhter this the acual release
5.3. Afther this comes patches and err_data.


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