Upgrade v5.x to v7.0

Vince Sabio vince at vjs.org
Mon Aug 11 23:41:46 UTC 2008

** At 00:25 +0200 on 08/12/2008, Ivan Voras wrote:
>Vince Sabio wrote:
>>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?
>Theoretically it might be possible but definitely not recommended. 
>5.1 is very old (it's not even labeled STABLE

Neither am I -- so my FreeBSD box and I are even.

>- are you sure "FreeBSD updates" track such old releases?)

I don't think they do.

>and there might be unexpected problems.
>>2. I'm Unix shell literate with a reasonable level of Solaris 
>>sysadmin experience, but have no experience (yet) with FreeBSD 
>>updates.  Is there a site with step-by-step instructions for the 
>>uninitiated, to help minimize Pr(failure)?
>>3. Anything else I should know?
>You probably don't want to do it with binary upgrades, for many 
>reasons, including unexpected problems (i.e. possibility of ending 
>up with a system so messed up nobody could help you restore it). Do 
>a source upgrade to 6.0 then to 7.0 - it's not hard. For best 
>effects, you need to also recompile all additional ports installed 
>on the server (actually, you *can* run ports compiled for 5.x on 7.x 
>but as soon as you need to upgrade one of them, you'll probably need 
>to upgrade all or most of them because of cross-dependencies).

Got it. There are sites that go through the 6.x to 7.0 upgrade, but 
I've foud nothing that explains how to get from 5. to 6.x. Any ideas 

Vince Sabio                                                  vince at vjs.org

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