Upgrading a FreeBSD 7.1 server

Robert Fitzpatrick robert at webtent.org
Thu Jan 15 16:46:40 UTC 2015

Mike Clarke wrote:
> On Thursday 15 Jan 2015 11:21:36 Robert Fitzpatrick wrote:
>> Is it possible to upgrade a FreeBSD 7.1 server, perhaps a step up
>> process to 8.4 first? We have a virtual server that we prefer not to
>> reinstall all packages.
> Packages are not compatible between major revision levels of the OS so you'll
> need to reinstall all your packages anyway whatever upgrade route you take.

Yes, of course, I should rephrase that, we'd like to not have to 
re-setup all software. I'd like to take the standard upgrade path and 
upgrade all packages after each step up and just deal with things that 
have changed with packages since the version we are running now. Since 
it is a VPS, we'll be able snapshot and go back to start over if 
something were to go terribly wrong. So, is it possible to use 
freebsd-update to go to 8.4?


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