4.8 to 5.0

Bill Moran wmoran at potentialtech.com
Thu Jun 12 07:48:38 PDT 2003

Chris wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
> Alex de Kruijff wrote:
>>On Sun, Jun 08, 2003 at 11:12:23AM +0200, Doron Shmaryahu wrote:
>>>I have been considering upgrading my machine from 4.8 – 5.0. Is it a easy
>>>buildworld or can anyone give me advice on any problems before upgrading.
>>If i where you i would joing the current maillinglist and then wait for
>>5.1 to come out and download it. When it does download it (with cvsup)
>>and then wait another two weeks to compile the code. If there are any
>>big bugs they will come up on the mailling list.
>>5.1-RELEASE ISOs have been available from the FreeBSD website for the past
>>three days now.
> While this is true - the question that remains unaddressed is, can he CVSUP
> from 4.8 to 5.1
> I too would like to see how users are doing this without a complete wipe of
> the drive in favor of a virgin install.

Check the archives.  There was recently a thread on -CURRENT about 5 not building
on a 4.x system.  I believe the utilities in 4 (gcc et al) are too old to build
5's source tree, but check the archives for the details.

For my part, I did a clean wipe of the drive and reinstalled.  It was an unholy
headache and I regret it, but now that I've got 5.1 running I'm pretty happy.

Make sure to get 5.1, at least.  A lot of issues have been resolved in 5.1 that
existed in 5, and don't cvsup to HEAD on any machine that you need to work.
The developers have been nice enough to put together a RELENG_5_1 branch that
is relatively safe to follow.

And subscribe to the -CURRENT mailing list as long as you're using it.

Bill Moran
Potential Technologies

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