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Old 4th June 2008
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Question Update from 6.1 to 6.3 did nothing?

I'm relatively new to FreeBSD and we have a 6.1 box here that I wanted to bring up to date. I updated all of the ports and then followed this guide (linked from the 6.3 release notes): http://www.daemonology.net/blog/2007...n-upgrade.html

After rebooting my computer twice (per the instructions), a uname -a still shows 6.1. I'm not sure what I did wrong, when I ran the first upgrade command, I approved every change and removed the <<<<< >>>>> difference lines (and deleted old or new lines with them) whenever prompted. I didn't just blow through the prompts. But after running install, reboot, install, reboot, it seems as if I'm still on 6.1.

Is uname reporting the wrong information? What do you suppose I did wrong? Do I have to do it sequentially, 6.1 > 6.2 > 6.3 instead of 6.1 > 6.3?

Thanks for the help
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While updating from source may not be an option for everyone, I would recommend it. It's fairly easy and well documented, and has yet to fail on me over the years. It does require a bit more downtime than a simple reboot (as some of the process should be done in single user mode - although doesn't necessarily have to be).
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While updating from source may not be an option for everyone, I would recommend it. It's fairly easy and well documented, and has yet to fail on me over the years.
I'll have to agree -- it's the only option for me on a FBSD box I actually care about.

@alanthing: If you'd like to do this, the procedure is well documented in the FreeBSD Handbook section 23.4 Rebuilding “world”.

It's also summarized (by way of example; your exact approach should differ slightly) in a post on this forum.
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freebsd-update tends to only work with binaries as they were installed from the CD, and with the GENERIC kernel. If you have manually rebuilt the world at any point, I believe freebsd-update will fail. Same if you have a non-GENERIC kernel.

You also don't mention what happened during the update. What kind of log output was generated? Were there any error? Did it mention the kernel as being installed and to be updated?
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uname will only give you information on the kernel. If you did not update the kernel then nothing will have changed for uname. If you want to do a test, cp /boot/kernel from an install cd, place in /boot/kernel.new and load that from the loader prompt.
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