getting ports updated on an older FreeBSD (5.1)

Cary cary at
Tue Jun 23 18:44:17 UTC 2015

Warren Block <wblock at> writes:

> On Tue, 23 Jun 2015, Matthew Seaman wrote:
>> 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 As I recall, it was quite quickly superseded by 5.2 release
>> Your quickest and most reliable way forward is to upgrade your FreeBSD
>> box to something supported.  Given you're starting from such an old

> Agreed, except I would suggest a completely separate computer for the 
> new install.  Old stuff that has been running for years can be fragile. 
> Moving a cable that has been motionless for years can make it fail, and 
> it's somehow a given that these systems are never backed up.

Were that the case, could there be any risk running a 10.1 executable
on such a system?

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