32 bit to 64 bit
derek at computinginnovations.com
Wed Jun 27 17:48:25 UTC 2012
At 08:37 AM 6/27/2012, Tim Kellers wrote:
>I'm upgrading a 7.3 -STABLE installation to 8.x, then 9- Stable over the
>next few days. The hardware is a Dell 2950 that is capable of running 64
>bit FreeBSD. The original installation was i386 32 bit and that is what
>it is running now.
>Will the buildworld ---> buildkernel KERNCONF=FOO64 allow a 32 bit
>installation to build a 64 bit kernel? I'd like to upgrade this machine
>to 64 bit AMD and I'd prefer not to do it from a DVD if I can do it from
>source. Has anyone tried this and succeeded (or failed spectacularly) on
>a remote install/upgrade?
The 2950's are a bit dated, so unless you have in excess of 4GB RAM, you
don't need to move to 64-bit. If you do choose to go 64-bit, I agree with
the other posts, simply do a fresh install. In doing a fresh install, save
off the package list you have on the i386 build and reinstall those
packages on the new 64-bit system.
Doing a fresh install will also save you time, since you can go right to 9,
rather than doing two upgrades.
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