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Re: old i386 3.1 packages or upgrading with KVM
On Tue, 14 Mar 2017, Jeremy C. Reed wrote:
Does anyone know where I can find old 3.1 packages for i386?
Damn, that could be tough. I just looked and my oldest go back to 4.x
only. I burn a DVD or write a tape with the pkg_tarup versions of all my
packages before I upgrade. However, I didn't have my ***t together back
then, I guess.
I am working on an old system that the hosting provider only has a
Windows-based KVM. I am concerned upgrading it headless.
Whoa. Yeah, that would make me nervous, too. Hopefully you at least have
console access (I mean to the guest's console via KVM).
I know our upgrade docs have tips of upgrade issues, and I could attempt
upgrading 3 to 4, 4 to 5, 5 to 6, 6 to 7. But I'd rather not spend days
on this. Anyone have any suggestions?
Uhhh, yeah, if I had to put my own money down, I wouldn't bet on that
being successful. Also, as you say, it's going to be slow. It's going to
be REALLY slow on an unaccelerated KVM instance (IIRC, Windows has no
Maybe easiest is to just install a new system and migrate data and
configs over to it.
If it were me, I'd try that first. You could use a copy/snapshot to do it
and thus if it went horribly wrong/ugly, you could always start over. I
guess for me it'd all depend on how hairy the applications were. If it was
just static apache or a BAMP stack, then no sweat. I'd upgrade. If it's a
situation where I'd have to keep library linkages to ancient libs because
of dynamic binaries in the app, I'd sit down and have a good cry, then
cross my fingers and try a clobber-install of 7.x. If that didn't work,
I'd do the upgrade-script shuffle you are trying to avoid.
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