Newbie Upgrading 4.8 - 5.2, filesystem full

richard richard at
Tue Feb 10 13:18:50 PST 2004

Migrating data will be problematic as there's lot of user cr*p and custom
built web apps from generations of cowboy programmers, plus about 300 users
and a couple of dozen virtual domains.

As I'm really only after a stable implementation of a USB external drive
(for backup) am I better off trying an upgrade from 4.8 to 4.9?


-----Original Message-----
From: lowell at [mailto:lowell at] On Behalf
Of Lowell Gilbert
Sent: Wednesday, 11 February 2004 1:38 AM
To: Jez Hancock
Cc: Richard Beyer; freebsd-questions at
Subject: Re: Newbie Upgrading 4.8 - 5.2, filesystem full

Jez Hancock <jez.hancock at> writes:

> On Tue, Feb 10, 2004 at 08:10:05PM +1100, Richard Beyer wrote:
> > Thanks Jez,
> > 
> > Here's my df -h
> > Filesystem    Size   Used  Avail Capacity  Mounted on
> > /dev/ad0s1a   126M   106M   9.4M    92%    /
> > /dev/ad0s1f   252M   9.6M   222M     4%    /tmp
> > /dev/ad0s1g    72G   2.7G    64G     4%    /usr
> > /dev/ad0s1e   252M    51M   181M    22%    /var
> > procfs        4.0K   4.0K     0B   100%    /proc
> > 
> > 
> > It's an 80Gig HDD and I was using the sysinstall | upgrade | all |
> > ports
> Seems odd that so much space is taken up by / - perhaps under 5.x more
> space is required?  I really do need to install 5.x at some point ... :P

Yes, more space is used in the root filesystem for 5.x.  [For 
several different reasons...]  

> Can you not do a backup of your data and start over with a fresh install
> of 5.2?  You have stacks of room on the hdd spare, so presumably doing
> this wouldn't be too problematic.

That's definitely the way to go if possible; there are a number of
advantagious new features that will be difficult to take advantage 
of otherwise. 

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