getting ports updated on an older FreeBSD (5.1)

Christoph Kukulies kuku at
Tue Jun 23 07:59:30 UTC 2015

Am 22.06.2015 um 18:09 schrieb andrew clarke:
> On Mon 2015-06-22 12:20:08 UTC+0200, Christoph Kukulies (kuku at wrote:
>> I'm running a somewhat come into age server under FreeBSD 5.1 at the
>> moment and I'm in need to update to php5. Trying to install php-5.0.0
>> in ports results in an error message
>> fetch:
>> Not Found
> You'll probably need to download php-5.0.0.tar.bz2 manually and move
> it to /usr/ports/distfiles/.

Although you may be right with regard to obsoleteness of 5.0.0 and my 
5.1 version in general,
I'm wondering whether it would be possible to
run a 10.1 executable under 5.1 (possible link it statically?).

At the moment I'm urgently in need to update an intranet forum (pbpBB3) to
a 3.1.5 version and this requires a newer (>= 5.3.3) version of php.


> I imagine you're using the ports tree supplied with FreeBSD 5.1, which
> would be very old, so you'll encounter missing distfiles like the
> above.
> You could update your ports tree, however the ports tree in 2015 is no
> longer compatible with FreeBSD 5.1.
> I suspect PHP 5.0.0 is EOL upstream and has security issues and other
> bugs. I wouldn't recommend using it.
> Upgrading your server to a modern version of FreeBSD would allow you
> to install current supported versions of PHP, etc.

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