6.1-RELEASE to 8.2-RELEASE?

pphalen

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Hi,

I have six servers running 6.1-RELEASE. I'd like to perform binary upgrades to 8.2-RELEASE. My understanding is that freebsd-update didn't become available until 6.2-RELEASE. Does that mean I need to do a 2-step upgrade (6.1 to 6.2 and then use freebsd-update to get to 8.2)?

I'm looking at this http://taosecurity.blogspot.com/2007/02/binary-upgrade-of-freebsd-61-to-62.html and wondering if it describes the same script as freebsd-update.

Thanks for any help you can provide.
 

phoenix

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The safest, and recommended, method for upgrading between large-gap releases (X --> X+Y) is:
  • upgrade to last release of X
  • upgrade to X+1.0
  • upgrade to last release of X+1
  • upgrade to X+2.0
  • upgrade to last release of X+2
  • ...
  • upgrade to X+Y.0
  • upgrade to X+Y.whatever
Yes, it's a lot of steps. But it's the only safe way to the upgrades.

IOW:
  • upgrade to 6.4
  • upgrade to 7.0
  • upgrade to 7.4
  • upgrade to 8.0
  • upgrade to 8.2

However, there have been so many changes between 6.x and 8.x that you'd be better off doing a fresh install of 8.2.
 

lme@

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And be sure to have backups!
 
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