getting ports updated on an older FreeBSD (5.1)
mueller6724 at bellsouth.net
Fri Jun 26 09:01:45 UTC 2015
On 2015-06-24 03:10, Thomas Mueller wrote:
> I was thinking about the possibility of building/upgrading the base
> FreeBSD from source by steps, such as 5.1 -> final 6-stable -> final
> 8-stable -> 10.1 or possibly FreeBSD-current.
Mel Pilgrim responded:
> The introduction of KSE happened in 5.x and IIRC a related ABI break starting
> with 5.4 means the only upgrade path from prior versions is a full reinstall
> because you can't cross-run kernel and userland.
I guess then, upgrading FreeBSD from source would require building and installing on a new partition, in this case a new, bigger, hard drive.
There would be the logistic matter of how and where to switch from MBR to GPT.
I don't recognize the acronym KSE, didn't know about that particular ABI break in 5.4.
Back then, with FreeBSD <= 5.x, or maybe it was <= 4.x, the boot floppy always hung probing for devices, was never able to boot.
I believe my first installation of FreeBSD was 7.x, probably 7.0. I could run Linux (Slackware), but FreeBSD could only run in safe mode, possibly because of a bug in the hard drive hardware. That hard drive subsequently went all the way bad.
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