Upgrade to 11.2 failure

Paul Schmehl pschmehl_lists at tx.rr.com
Thu Dec 20 23:07:35 UTC 2018

--On December 20, 2018 at 1:51:59 PM -0500 Scott Ballantyne 
<boyvalue at gmail.com> wrote:

> I have done this many, many times. It does seem that the
> freebsd-update/pkg system is more fragile than
> I have thought. This isn't a big deal for the stuff I have at homes, but I
> have come to rely on this combo
> to update systems to which I don't have physical access. Now I am a bit
> concerned about doing that.

I know exactly how you feel. I used freebsd-update to upgrade two 
production systems from 10.4 to 11.2, and both systems didn't come back up 
after reboot. The first system was in California, so I had to have the 
hoster figure out what went wrong and fix it. The /etc/rc.conf file was 
screwed up.

The second system was local, so I went to the hosting company and got on 
the console. It required two fsck runs to fix everything.

So, the third system, I didn't even bother. I went to the site and upgraded 
from the console. That one worked fine. Go figure.

And yeah, I've run freebsd-update numerous times without any problems - 
until now.

Paul Schmehl, Retired
My opinions are my own.
"It is as useless to argue with those who have
renounced the use of reason as to administer
medication to the dead." Thomas Jefferson
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intelligent person could believe in them." George Orwell

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