On 7/4/07, Jonathan Horne <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
On Tuesday 03 July 2007 21:10:22 Olivier Nicole wrote:
> Hi,
> I am upgrading a remote server (very remote, 10,000 km) and I have no
> way to access the machine in single user mode.
> Is there a recommended way to do the upgrade from 5.5 to 6.2?
> Do everything in multi-user, but kill all services but sshd?
> Thanks,
> Olivier

your mileage may vary...

but i do it without killing any services (but i also know that i am the only
one logged into the machine).  when you install world, *for the most part*,
you are not tampering with things like apache, etc.

as always, good backups of your data and configurations are a must before
performing any such dangerous process as a multiuser-mode installworld.

when going from 5.x to 6.x, most people recommend first upgrading to the
lastest possible 5.x release first, and then moving on to 6.x (so in your
case, either 5.5-STABLE or 5.5-RELEASE-p13.

good luck,
Jonathan Horne

Here how I did it for many remote servers I own and help friends to run.

First install screen from the ports to make your life easier.

After csup to the branch you desire to upgrade to, like RELENG_6_2 or
RELENG_6 to get the latest changes in 6.x branch do these stuff.

#rm -r /usr/obj/*
#cd /usr/src
#make cleanworld
#mergemaster -p
#make buildworld
#make buildkernel
#make installkernel
#cd /usr/src
#make installworld
#mergemaster -iU (-iU added to automatically install files that don't
exist and upgrade those that haven't changed.


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Arab Portal
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