getting ports updated on an older FreeBSD (5.1)

Matthew Seaman matthew at
Tue Jun 23 08:25:00 UTC 2015

On 06/23/15 08:59, Christoph Kukulies wrote:
> 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?).

5.1 Release happened during a particularly difficult period for FreeBSD
development. As I recall, it was quite quickly superseded by 5.2 release
due to technical inadequacies, and it wasn't until the 6.x series that
FreeBSD really got back on track.

> 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.

Your quickest and most reliable way forward is to upgrade your FreeBSD
box to something supported.  Given you're starting from such an old
base, the way I'd approach this is to buy a new hard drive, install it
in parallel with your old drive (if possible) and then create a new
install of FreeBSD 10.1, install all the software you need and migrate
over the configurations, passwd file etc. from the old system.

Although 5.1 release is so old now, you much have trouble getting hold
of disks compatible with your hardware -- I think that pre-dates the
common availability of both SAS and SATA...


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