Notes on Keeping FreeBSD 6 up to date

Updating FreeBSD 6.x

Before you start
Setup environment for packages:


Using freebsd-update to update standard kernels
1) Add freebsd update package:

pkg_add -r freebsd-update

2) Setup and use freebsd-update:

cp /usr/local/etc/freebsd-update.conf.sample /usr/local/etc/freebsd-update.conf
mkdir /usr/local/freebsd-update
freebsd-update fetch
freebsd-update install
shutdown -r now

Updating packages and ports

1) install portaudit package

pkg_add -r portaudit

2) Check for updates

/usr/local/sbin/portaudit -Fda

3) Updating of Ports tree

pkg_add -r portsnap (bundled with 6.x)
portsnap fetch
portsnap extract (only have to do this once on a new install)
portsnap update

4) Updating Applications

pkg_add -r portupgrade
portversion -v -l “<" portupgrade -varRPP (tells it to be verbose, act on up and down depends, and upgrade only with packages)
on any that fail then do portupgrade -varR (this tells it to build from ports)

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