5.2.1 to 6.2 Migration.

Kevin Kinsey kdk at daleco.biz
Sat Nov 3 16:12:36 PDT 2007

Lowell Gilbert wrote:
> "Chris Haulmark" <chris at sigd.net> writes:
>> Grant Peel wrote:

>>> I thought I would ask the question before I do it the hard way ....
>>> 1. Can FreeBSD be upgraded from 5.2.1 to 6.2 ?

>> Yes.

>>> 2. Can it be done through an ssh connection, or MUST I make the trip
>>> to the farm and do it from the console?

>> I've done 5.x to 6.x upgrades via ssh.  It is possible.
>> In the handbook, you will see mentions of booting into single user mode
>> and I can tell you that it is not required.
> It's a good safety precaution; if your updated kernel won't boot, you
> will need to reinstall most of the system.

That sounds a tad alarmist; if the new kernel won't boot, you'll
have to be at (or have someone at) the console who can boot 
"kernel.old" (I stand open for correction, but last time I did
it, 'twas that way).  And, possibly, that person (you?) will
also have to be able to do some other magic.

But the phrase "reinstall most of the system" doesn't, at
the very least, *sound* like the BSD Way(tm).  Granted,
sometimes it's quicker --- I know that's why it's used so
often on that "Other System" .... ;-)

Kevin Kinsey
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