Recommended Way To Update Old Systems To Current Versions

Bret Busby bret at
Wed May 10 15:10:16 UTC 2017

On Tue, 9 May 2017, it was written

> Date: Wed, 10 May 2017 02:26:49
> To: Drew Tomlinson <drew at>
> Cc: "questions at" <questions at>
> Subject: Recommended Way To Update Old Systems To Current Versions
> Drew Tomlinson writes:
>>  I’m running two boxes with FreeBSD and both have been neglected
>>  for years.
> 	To the degree this is literally true, I join others in
> recommending:
> 	1) make a list of ports, and port options.
> 	2) back _everything_ up
> 	3) scrub the disk
> 	4) install from scratch
> 	(2) and (3) can be combined by using a new disk, and keeping the
> old one as a permanant archive.
> 	Technically, it's more work.  But it avoids several minefields,
> and you going to have to (re)build the ports (which is the big time
> sink) anyway.
> 				Respectfully,
> 					Robert Huff
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I am wondering at the integrity and sincerity of email messages where no 
sender is shown in the header, and I am wondering whether his is some 
kind of new security attack.

Bret Busby
West Australia

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