getting ports updated on an older FreeBSD (5.1)

Roland Smith rsmith at
Tue Jun 23 20:23:22 UTC 2015

On Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 09:59:15AM +0200, Christoph Kukulies wrote:
> 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?).

A dynamically linked version from 10.1 will not run; the major version of libc
and other system libraries has changed from 5.x.

(Interestingly, a binary from 7.2 will still run on 10.1; the shared library
versions haven't changed)

A statically linked version might run, unless it relies on system calls that
were added after 5.1.

> 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.

Whatever you do, make a backup first. :-)

FreeBSD 5.1 was released in 2003. So the hardware you're running it on can be
up to 12 years old. It's time to replace it before it dies on you at an
inopportune moment.

Get a new server and put 10.1 on it.

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