Will 10.3 clobber my ports area?

Kevin Oberman rkoberman at gmail.com
Tue Oct 4 04:39:01 UTC 2016

On Mon, Oct 3, 2016 at 7:29 PM, Dave Horsfall <dave at horsfall.org> wrote:

> Assuming the binary upgrade from 9.3 to 10.3 is "clean" i.e. it won't
> clobber any of my local stuff (this is my only FreeBSD server), what will
> happen to the ports area?  Left alone, saved, or overwritten with/without
> any local chnages?
> --
> Dave Horsfall DTM (VK2KFU)  "Those who don't understand security will
> suffer."

The ports will not be touched, but some will not run on 10.3 because of ABI
changes in some shareable libraries. Most of the base system uses versioned
symbols, so will work fine, but some, usually contributed code, don't.
Ports that use them will need to be re-installed/rebuilt.

It is recommended that, when moving between major versions, all ports be
re-installed, but most won't need it. The tricky part is finding those that
need rebuilding. While mixing ports and packages is nto generally
recommended, I would upgrade all ports that have default configurations be
re-installed from packages. Those that have custom configurations will, of
course need to be re-built.
Kevin Oberman, Part time kid herder and retired Network Engineer
E-mail: rkoberman at gmail.com
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