FreeBSD 6.2 Release

Ivan Voras ivoras at
Tue Jan 9 22:15:20 UTC 2007

Jay Chandler wrote:

> On a semi-related note, are there installation instructions for
> upgrading from 6.1 to 6.2?

Upgrading between minor version of FreeBSD is always the same - run
cvsup, recompile, install - it's also the same between 6.1 and 6.2.

(see and
... chapter "The Canonical Way to Update Your System")

> On that vein, are there instructions for the same upgrade if you don't
> have console access-- namely, no single-user mode?

With some care, it can be done the same way and without problems in
multiuser mode. While it's NOT recommended, I've frequently done updates
from multiuser (sometimes even in hot production) without any issues.
There's really little that can go wrong, and if you follow procedure and
there are no unusual events, nothing that can't be fixed relatively easily.

Note that things are different when upgrading from one major version to
another (e.g. 6.x to 7.x), though I even managed to update 5.x to 6.x
while the machine was "live" the whole time with only minor glitches,
solved by recompiling ports. I doubt this would work with 6.x->7.x
because of the many changes.

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