easy way to upgrade from 6.3 to 7.1 (including port packages)

Byung-Hee HWANG bh at izb.knu.ac.kr
Sun Sep 21 17:11:17 UTC 2008

On Sun, 2008-09-21 at 09:48 -0700, Doug Barton wrote:
> Byung-Hee HWANG wrote:
> > in my experience, in usual kernel && userland upgrading is good,
> > however, everytime port upgrading have problem, whenever new -REL is
> > released ;; i usually do port upgrading by portupgrade(1).
> > 
> > at once(when 6.2-REL was released) i did upgrading port by
> > portupgrade(1) but i met failures on the upgrading. then i did
> > `pkg_delete -af` and then i did installation all packages by pkg_add(1)
> > cause at that time the packages were twisted each other roughly ;;
> > 
> > so is there any easy way to upgrade packages ??
> > can you please help me about this matters?
> The generally accepted wisdom (which I am repeating because I agree with
> it) is that when updating major versions you should:
> 1. Carefully back up your configuration files and data
> 2. Do a clean install of the new version
> 3. Update configuration files
> 4. Restore data
> 5. Re-install your ports.
> What I usually do for step 3 is to un-tar the old configuration files in
> a new directory and then diff -ur old/etc /etc, and after ports are
> installed I diff -ur old/usr/local/etc /usr/local/etc.
> For step 5, I have a recommended update procedure in the portmaster man
> page. Even if you don't intend to use portmaster to re-install your
> ports I recommend installing it and reading that part of the man page
> before you do your update to get an idea of what is important for you to
> restore.
thank you very much because you have spent your beloved time for me.
yes, i'll try it. especially i'll use portmaster(8) instead of
portupgrade(1). thanks again..


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