Roland Smith wrote:
On Thu, Nov 08, 2007 at 07:27:58PM +0000, Matthew Seaman wrote:
 a.  Make backups
 b.  Read /usr/src/UPDATING
 1.  `cd /usr/src'       (or to the directory containing your source tree).
 2.  `make buildworld'
 3.  `make buildkernel KERNCONF=YOUR_KERNEL_HERE'     (default is GENERIC).
 4.  `make installkernel KERNCONF=YOUR_KERNEL_HERE'   (default is GENERIC).
      [steps 3. & 4. can be combined by using the "kernel" target]
 5.  `reboot'        (in single user mode: boot -s from the loader prompt).
 6.  `mergemaster -p'
 7.  `make installworld'
 8.  `make delete-old'
 9.  `mergemaster'
10.  `reboot'
 c. `pkg_delete -a' (delete all your ports)
11.  `make delete-old-libs' (in case no 3rd party program uses them anymore)
 d.  Reinstall all root and leaf ports. Dependencies will then be
     installed automatically.
I went through this process myself in pretty much the order you
describe.  Due to bitter experience, I'd say that reinstalling
all ports should be done before 'make delete-old-libs' -- by
killing all the old 6.x shlibs you make it hard to run most
software previously installed under 6.x including such things as

You don't need to delete all the ports in one go and then reinstall
them in another: running 'portupgrade -fa' will do the job.

Port upgrade tools are not guaranteed to work perfectly in this
situation. I tried doing an update with portmanager and ended up with
some binaries linked against both and! Some ports
didn't even compile.

portmanager isn't recommended for use since it became abandonware a long time ago and never reached maturity. If you (correctly ;) use portupgrade (e.g. -fa or -faP) then you will not have this problem.

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