Is it possible to downgrade from 5.0 to 4.8-stable using the cvsup->buildworld procedure?

Joshua Oreman oremanj at
Fri Jun 27 20:08:34 PDT 2003

On Sat, Jun 28, 2003 at 04:57:04AM +0200 or thereabouts, freeBSD wrote:
> I installed 5.0 when I first tried out freeBSD this spring, and after
> some months of testruns I'm still very impressed and will choose freeBSD
> as our *nix clone standardized OS.
> Unfortunately everywhere I look and read the recommendation is to go
> with 4.8 not 5.x, and especially would I like the nvidia drivers to
> work, therefor do I need to downgrade my system.
> Is that possible? To go from 5.0 to 4.8 by using the cvsup and
> buildworld procedure? Are there any pitfalls?
> The system is mainly used for samba-filesharing and web-service provided
> by Apache-Tomcat.

It's possible, but not supported. I did this once and my system threw up
all over me. (/bin/sh wouldn't run, etc.) So : try it, but make a backup

-- Josh

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