Recommended Way To Update Old Systems To Current Versions

Drew Tomlinson drew at
Tue May 9 16:57:12 UTC 2017

I’m running two boxes with FreeBSD and both have been neglected for years.  One is running 9.1-RELEASE-p1 and the other is running 10.0-RELEASE.  I like to upgrade both to the current version of 11 and upgrade all the ports as well.  I’ve used FreeBSD since version 4.x and am used to downloading source, running make kernel and make world,  and then running portupgrade to force upgrades of all installed ports.  However it appears I am so out of date that I can’t follow that process anymore.  Something to do with a change in 20170117 that won’t allow unsupported systems to build ports?

So what is the recommended way to upgrade?  Binary first?  Then I’d have a current system upon which to build?  Is there a guide to which you can point me?

Any help appreciated as I’d rather not screw this up. ;)


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