Upgrade from 6.4 to 9.1?
drew at mykitchentable.net
Sun Mar 17 20:36:30 UTC 2013
On 3/16/2013 3:46 PM, Fbsd8 wrote:
> Dan Nelson wrote:
>> In the last episode (Mar 16), Drew Tomlinson said:
>>> I have an old system happily running 6.4 but am finding that it can no
>>> longer download or build a ports index. Thus I guess it's time to
>>> What "gotchas" do I need to look out for? In the past my upgrades have
>>> always been simply downloading new source, reviewing kernel config
>>> and then rebuilding the system. Any ports that didn't work after
>>> that I
>>> would just rebuild as well. However I've never waited this long to
>>> upgrade. Do I need to do anything different?
>> You won't be able to do a straight source build from 6.4 to 9.1; too
>> low-level changes like Makefile syntax and compiler options have
>> changed. If you are comfortable with temporarily disabling
>> non-essential things that
>> fail to build, it is definitely possible to do a long jump to 9.1,
>> but it'd
>> be safer to either hop from 6.4 -> (7-stable or 8-stable) -> 9 doing
>> buildkernels and buildworlds, or just do a binary upgrade of kernel
>> and base
>> system to 9.1.
> The best approach is to backup your user data and do a fresh install
> from 9.1 cdrom. You will bypass a bunch of headaches which may in the
> end force you to do a fresh install anyway. And it will save you a lot
> of compile time. It's alway a good feeling to know you have a pristine
> system when you start having problems.
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll give these a try.
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