Upgrading a remote box from 5.3 to 6-stable....

Dan O'Connor dan at ferrarishields.com
Thu Jan 12 09:44:03 PST 2006

> I recently got a leased server that's running 5.3.  It's in Texas. 
> I'm in Washington.  I want to upgrade it to 6-STABLE.  In the update 
> docs it says that "when doing a major release upgrade, it is required 
> that you boot into single user mode to do the installworld."
> Which obviously is a problem.  And I find it hard to believe it's 
> really necessary as this is going to be an issue for a lot of people. 
> Is this similar to the old recommendation of doing this "unless your 
> system is relatively quiet"?

Although you're not supposed to do it, I upgraded a 5.4 system to 6.0, 
and several 6.0-RELEASE to 6.0p1, without dropping to single-user mode, 
and without any problems.

But, these are "relatively quite" servers (Apache, Samba, Postfix, 
Network Gateway) with no other users logged in.



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