Upgrade v5.x to v7.0

Robert Huff roberthuff at rcn.com
Mon Aug 11 16:15:52 UTC 2008

Vince Sabio writes:

>  I am currently running FreeBSD v5.1 (yes, I am a Bad Person(tm)),


>   and need to update it to v7.0. Questions:
>  1. Can I go straight from v5.1 to v7.0? Or do I need to make a
>  stop at v6.x? 

	It is probably technically possible.
	However: when jumping major versions, my advice is always "If
possible, install from clean disk."
	On the down-side, it is moderately more work than upgrading.
	On the up-side:

	1) if something goes Horribly Wrong, you're not screwed
	2) you will avoid library version conflicts, and indeed reclaim
		space used by orphaned libraries (and other files)
	3) if desirable, you can re-size partitions

	Others are left as an exercise to the reader.
	In either case: remember to save critical config files
(rc.conf, the kernel config, sshd_config, the named directory, etc.)

				Robert Huff

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