Question regarding a server with an unsupported old version

Adam Vande More amvandemore at
Mon Oct 22 03:43:05 UTC 2012

On Sun, Oct 21, 2012 at 9:31 PM, Rei Okamoto <okamoto at> wrote:

> Hello to all,
> My name is Rei Okamoto posting from Japan.
> I'm very new to FreeBSD and please pardon and caution me
> if anything I post is in any way inappropriate.
> Here's a problem I'm facing right now.
> I started working for a company this month as a
> sole engineerer, given all my tasks with virtually
> no manuals other than IP addresses, IDs and PWs.
> (Dangerous, but not such a rare case in this country)
> One of the clients is running the web site using
> FreeBSD 4.7.
> Although it is surely the best to renew the server to
> newest machine and OS, the client is reluctant to do so
> because of money.
> So a long story short, because I need to do some testing,
> I've installed FreeBSD 4.11 to the VirtualBox as a
> test server in my local PC and got the network connected.
> I want to build the test server as close to the
> actual server as possible, such as considering the
> OS's version 4.11 to be close enough to 4.7, but
> as I try to install PHP4 with a following command,
> pkg_add -r php4-4.3.6.tgz
> I get an error message below.
> Error: FTP Unable to get
> File unavailable (e.g., file not found, no access)
> So you probably can figure out the rest of the story,
> it is all too old to make a near duplication of the server.
> Is there any suggestion on what I can do
> other than convincing the client to renew the server?
> (which I am doing but already been politely refused)
> Pardon me for the long message,
> and thank you in advance for all replies.

You can find an archive of packages released with FreeBSD 4.11 here:

However, you'll find the packages are different than those released with
your original version.  A move from 4.7 to 4.11 doesn't really gain you
much.  Better off to start a migration strategy or leave it alone.

Adam Vande More

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