About Freebsd 7.0 versus 6.3

Philip M. Gollucci pgollucci at riderway.com
Thu Nov 8 12:13:25 PST 2007

Roland Smith wrote:
> Port upgrade tools are not guaranteed to work perfectly in this
> situation. I tried doing an update with portmanager and ended up with
> some binaries linked against both libc.so.6 and libc.so.7! Some ports
> didn't even compile.
Yeah, I almost always delete packages during an OS upgrade and
re-install them.  Plus it justs makes me feel like the system is 'clean'

Really, you'd want to recompile everything anyway for the libc.so.6 ->
libc.so.7 bump even if the port version didn't change.  Yes, you can use
/etc/libmap.conf and/or compat6x but this is just so much nicer.

Also, when new releases come out, new packages are built, so -P is your
friend and the packages will quite up-to-date with whats in the port
tree since they were just built.

> It took me about a day and a night to reinstall everything (415 ports),
> mostly un-attended. But then I don't use OpenOffice nor java and fvwm2
> instead of Gnome/KDE.
On another note, I generally do a pkg_add -r xorg to start that off

Finally, I've taken serveral (~50) boxes from 5.3 -> 8.0-current via
source updates with 0 problems.

I've even gone down from 8-7.0BETA1.5 (that was a little painful)
and then back to 8.0.

Philip M. Gollucci (philip at ridecharge.com)
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