Upgrading a FreeBSD 7.1 server

Robert Fitzpatrick robert at webtent.org
Thu Jan 15 17:54:48 UTC 2015

Damien Fleuriot wrote:
> Why upgrade ?
> Read: if it's not broken, don't fix it ;)

You are so right, I would like to avoid if possible.

> Also and ref your subsequent email, I strongly discourage the use of
> freebsd-update , all the more for major version bumps.
> At my company we ran into serious trouble with binary upgrades'
> limitations (for example the inability to use it with custom kernels).
> I would humbly suggest that you familiarise yourself with the source
> upgrade process.
> Once you get used to it, you virtually can't bork your server.
> I updated a 6.x box to 8.3 in just the one step, not sure I could have
> done it with a binary update.

Mostly because of vulnerabilities like Poodle and having an issue with 
the ports system getting some of the latest packages. I was having an 
issue with the ports system on another machine with a later version and 
upgraded it fine. Should I be able to work out the conversion of the 
ports system in 7.1 to pkg?


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