Question on upgrading ports after 9.3->10.3

Matthias Andree matthias.andree at
Sun Feb 12 11:27:50 UTC 2017

Am 12.02.2017 um 04:05 schrieb Dave Horsfall:
> Me again :-)  I finally got around to following the notes that David 
> Wolfskill kindly provided (thanks!) and apart from some oddity about 
> "httpd" requiring a missing "" (which will get rebuilt 
> anyway), I'm a bit wary of this:

The underlying assumption of all upgrade instructions also is that you
start from a fully updated "old" system, i. e. 9.3-RELEASE-pwhatever
(some p>50 IIRC) plus fully updated ports as of 9.3, as of "just before
EOL", i. e. 2016-12-31, possibly with the 2016Q4 ports branch rather
than head.

If something requires, then you haven't seen to your
system since summer (northern hemisphere) 2014, and expect things to
break. It may be easier to backup configuration and user data, and
rebuild a new system from scratch in your situation.

Note that I'd removed Berkeley DB 4.2 from FreeBSD's ports tree 2½ years
ago, exactly 2014-08-21T22:50Z, leaving only 4.8 and newer at the time.
<>, and
running a web server that you haven't updated in 27 months is *not*
considered good practice.

Please plan sufficient time to maintain your software and install
security updates thoroughly.

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