problems upgrading from 7.2-RELEASE-p8 to 7.4 or 9.0-RELEASE

Bas Smeelen b.smeelen at
Fri Oct 12 09:12:57 UTC 2012

On 10/12/2012 10:53 AM, Jamie Paul Griffin wrote:
> [ Greg Larkin wrote on Thu 11.Oct'12 at 20:49:19 -0400 ]
>> Hi Stuart,
>> If you click the link in this mailing list article
>> (,
>> then follow the rest of the threaded messages, you should be able fix
>> the problem once you upgrade to 7.4.
>> The issue is that freebsd-update cannot update the binary
>> on a running system, so after the upgrade to 7.4 (or higher), the
>> system is not completely updated.
>> This message
>> (
>> has a fix, but it involves booting from a liveCD and replacing the
>> binary manually.
> Would it be easier to do an update by building from source? I've never used freebsd-update myself so not had to troubleshoot these issues before.

That's probably the best way.

Bit I am wondering about this.
I upgraded several systems (physical and virtual machines) with 
freebsd-update from 7.1 -> 7.3 -> 8.1 -> 8.3 and also one system from 7.1 -> 
7.4 (with custom kernels) and did not encounter this. Did I just get lucky then?

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