any problem going from 9.x (don't laugh) to 11 directly?

Tim Daneliuk tundra at
Thu Feb 15 00:17:49 UTC 2018

On 02/14/2018 05:29 PM, Randal L. Schwartz wrote:

> Doug> There are enough library changes that most services just will not
> Doug> start properly and tend to hang.  You are left with a system that
> Doug> is non-responsive.  The one approach I used successfully one time
> Doug> was to comment virtually everything other than sshd out in
> Doug> rc.conf.  You have to make sure you have really killed sendmail
> Doug> though.  Setting it to NO is not enough.  Otherwise it will
> Doug> eventually give up and give you back service, but it takes a long
> Doug> time.
> Great advice!  Thanks.

Another strategy might be to put a second drive in the system and install
a clean version of 11 and all the needed packages/ports on that.  Then -
since it can mount your existing 9.x disk, incrementally copy over your
data and custom configurations.  In my experience, this turns out to be
a lot quicker and cleaner that trying to do in-place upgrades.  Moreover,
when you are all done, you still have your original, untouched disk.

Disks are cheap :)
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