how to upgrade?

Yaakov Nemoy loupgaroublond at
Sat Nov 5 14:24:50 GMT 2005

On 11/5/05, Eric F Crist <ecrist at> wrote:
> On Nov 5, 2005, at 6:11 AM, Yaakov Nemoy wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I'm sure this question has been asked before, but I couldn't find any
> > good help in the documentation, and its only my 5th day using freebsd
> > so i'm not really sure where to look.
> >
> > i installed 5.4-RELEASE from a CD and I want to upgrade to 6.0-RELEASE
> > using binary packages.  my computer is far too slow and doesn't really
> > have enough hard drive space to compile the entire BSD system, nor do
> > I have a CD burner to make myself a new CD.  how do I upgrade my
> > system from binary packages without breaking it in the middle?
> >
> > once again, i apologize if this has been asked too many times.  even a
> > vague reference to some 3 year old mailing list post will probably
> > help me though.
> You *could* browse the list archives, but that *is* a lot of work.  I
> suppose I'll just briefly answer this.
> boot from cd.
> change options so that your version read 6.0-RELEASE
> choose upgrade from menu
> choose FTP as your installation source
> run install

I just finished trying that out.  The 5.4-RELEASE CD doesn't want to
actually connect to any of the servers.  It has no problem getting
DHCP and and IP address, which I find very strange.  I am using an
Acer Extensa laptop from 1998, with a 3com NIC on PCMCIA.  I think its
the "vortex" chipset but i'm not sure.  That could have something to
do with it.

In any case, is it safe to do this procedure from sysinstall running
on the live system itself? is this even possible?


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