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Old 7th November 2009
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Hi everyone,

my 4G of ram and my Pentium D processor finally arrived for my old fileserver at home
Question, would it be possible to build the 64-bit world & kernel on my i386 platform and then rebuild all ports without having to reinstall from scratch ?

If not, could I somehow trick freebsd-update to install a 64-bit version ?

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I once tried to, but wasn't able to do it ... That was some time ago though and I don't remember the specific problem(s) I ran into ...
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If you have a large enough swap partition, you can do a cross-compile to build the 64-bit world and kernel, and install it over the swap partition. Then boot into that. If that works, then you can do an format and install over the real / partition.

You'll need to reinstall all your ports afterwards. Formatting /usr/local and deleting /var/db/pkg, then doing a fresh install of the ports would be cleaner.

However, after all that, you would save a lot of time and anguish just doing a fresh install off a 64-bit CD.

(Be sure to have known-good backups before starting any of the above.)
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Sounds like fun

I will give up and go for a reinstall though

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