Ports and updating 6.2-STABLE to 7.0-PRERELEASE

Kris Kennaway kris at FreeBSD.org
Sat Oct 20 02:02:24 PDT 2007

Doug Poland wrote:
> Hello,
> I've just updated my system to 7.0-PRERELEASE from 6.2-STABLE on i386 
> and I was wondering what the recommendation is for ports.  Specifically, 
> is it necessary to rebuild all ports?
> So far, I haven't rebuilt any ports and haven't had any problems...

Yes, it is always necessary when you update to a new major branch (such 
as 6.x -> 7.x).

The old applications will continue to run immediately after the upgrade 
and as long as you do not make further changes, but once you start doing 
new port upgrades and installs you will easily create ports that are 
linked to two versions of FreeBSD system libraries, e.g. libc.so.6 and 
libc.so.7.  This doesn't work very well ;-)


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