how to upgrade?

Eric F Crist ecrist at
Sat Nov 5 14:30:48 GMT 2005

Sure, why not?

Make sure you have no other users, though.

On Nov 5, 2005, at 8:24 AM, Yaakov Nemoy wrote:

> 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- 
>>> 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?
> -Yaakov
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Eric F Crist
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