Upgrading 11.2 -> 12.0 on EC2

Pete Wright pete at nomadlogic.org
Wed Dec 19 18:38:13 UTC 2018

On 12/18/18 10:50 PM, Brian Neal wrote:
> Hello,
> I’m looking for advice on doing a release upgrade of a running instance.  It looks like the normal procedure using freebsd-update requires a reboot between invocations of the install command, but after the first reboot, most of the userland is non-functional, including most importantly sshd. Is it safe to run the install commands back to back without rebooting?  Or is the only safe procedure to build a new instance from scratch for each release?
I've done it successfully in the past but IIRC it was pretty sketchy - i 
think i put script in /etc/rc.local to finish the upgrade.

for dev purposes i've done upgrades via rebuilding from source without 
too much drama.  i'd due to the build/mergemasters and installworld 
before a reboot.  but again this was for dev/testing, so if things 
didn't work out loosing data was a non-issue.

I've since decided that one of the advantages of AWS is that I can 
easily just allocate a new VM, but this is predicated that I've got all 
my configs in a config mgmt engine and my user volumes exist on an EBS 


Pete Wright
pete at nomadlogic.org

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