Upgrade path from STABLE to RELEASE

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at infracaninophile.co.uk
Fri Jan 7 11:39:09 UTC 2011

On 07/01/2011 11:14, Paul Macdonald wrote:

> I have a box which i installed 7.0 stable on and i want to do a binary
> update to 8.1 REL, is this possible via the freebsd-update utility?
> freebsd-update -r 8.1-RELEASE upgrade
> Looking up update.FreeBSD.org mirrors... 4 mirrors found.
> Fetching public key from update5.FreeBSD.org... failed.
> Fetching public key from update4.FreeBSD.org... failed.
> Fetching public key from update2.FreeBSD.org... failed.
> Fetching public key from update3.FreeBSD.org... failed.
> No mirrors remaining, giving up.
> (Its only on stable that it fails, works fine).

No. freebsd-update only works with -RELEASE branches, as you have
discovered for yourself.

Your choices are to backup and reinstall using a release version,
or to grab the latest -STABLE or -RELEASE sources and upgrade by
compiling from source.  Note that last option still won't allow you to
use freebsd-update subsequently: you have to stick with the binaries
from the install media for that to work.



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