Problems with FreeBSD 12.2-RELEASE

Kevin Oberman rkoberman at
Sat Oct 31 03:09:56 UTC 2020

On Fri, Oct 30, 2020 at 2:47 AM Matthias Fechner <idefix at> wrote:

> Hi Kevi,
> Am 30.10.2020 um 00:15 schrieb Kevin Oberman:
> Should be no reason to install MOST ports on a minor upgrade like 12.1 to
> 12.2. I certainly have not found any need. For major version upgrades, it
> is recommended that all ports be reinstalled though only a minority
> actually need it. It's just hard to be sure which ones.
> The big exception is ports that provide kernel modules. Most of these will
> work after a minor upgrade, but a few are rather touchy. The most touchy,
> in my experience, are the drm-kmod ports and, a bit less so,
> virtualbox-ose-kmod. I keep full sources on my systems, so I just add them
> to PORTS_MODULES in /etc/src.conf so that they are built with my kernel.
> PORTS_MODULES= emulators/virtualbox-ose-kmod
> PORTS_MODULES+= sysutils/lsof
> PORTS_MODULES+= graphics/drm-fbsd12.0-kmod
> I realize that this can be a problem for some, but one system of a given
> architecture can build a package that can be added to all others.
> A special case is lsof. lsof actually looks through certain kernel sources
> to build some things and it is important that you either have a package
> built against the sources for the current kernel or that you build the port
> against the correct contents of /usr/src/sys/. You don't need full
> sources... just the kernel. I don't believe that any other port has such a
> requirement except kernel modules.
> you are fully right and this should be the case.
> But for me it was not. TLS connection were not working (postfix, dovecot),
> rspamd crashed (refused to start with bus error).
> After reinstalling all packages all problems were fixed.
> Maybe this is related to the fact that the compiler was replaced and the
> 12.1 binaries do not really work together with the new 12.2 environment.
> Gruß
> Matthias
I don't use rspamd, but I do use postfix with dovecot, and it works fine
for me. Just "freebsd-update upgrade -r 12.2-RELEASE",  "freebsd-update
install", reboot, and "freebsd-update install" again. That was all it took
and postfix/dovecot are working just fine. I was upgrading from
12.1-RELEASE to and no issues with any ports. (I had no X or any kmod ports
on this server.)
Kevin Oberman, Part time kid herder and retired Network Engineer
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