4.6-RELEASE to 6.0-RELEASE...

Kris Kennaway kris at obsecurity.org
Fri Jan 13 12:40:12 PST 2006

On Thu, Jan 12, 2006 at 10:00:50AM +0000, Crispy Beef wrote:
> >There have been major changes in processes such as threads. You also 
> >have to boot the 5.3 update in single user mode to have a kernel that 
> >accepts the new arrangement and then install the userland. Before 5.1 
> >or 5.2 it didn't matter much but there was an fs change that you update 
> >in single user mode or boot the fix disc to finish the botched update.
> >
> >You also have the problem that probably none of your ports from 4.x will 
> >work at 6.0. This could take quite a bit of time to upgrade.
> One advantage is that I didn't really bother with the ports on that server, 
> I rolled my own apps as I wasn't totally up with the ports system at the 
> time, just seemed easier until I go the hang of it, so I probably would go 
> for a fresh install of ports and get the latest versions of software 
> installed that way.

You'll need to delete them all by hand somehow, of course.  Otherwise
you'll have conflicts between your old and new stuff.

> The server is used for web hosting so I only really need to save out a few 
> config files for virtual hosts etc. and the email directories.
> It's sounding as though it might be easier just to have an hour or two of 
> downtime late one night and do a fresh install...

Yes, this will be easiest (or use sysinstall's 'upgrade' mode).
Unless you have a serial console, doing the src upgrade will be hard
and prone to dramatic failure.

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