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Date:      Wed, 4 May 2011 12:50:05 -0400
From:      Chris Brennan <>
To:        FreeBSD Questions <>
Subject:   A possibly odd upgrade question
Message-ID:  <>

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I have an old PIII running FreeBSD7.3 currently, ports is all kinds of
screwed up, when I did my first cross-version upgrade from 6.x to 7.x, I
didn't know I had to rebuild ports, I subsequently upgrades though every
version upto to 7.3. Ports is still FUBAR, half of them no longer work. So
my question is this, now I know for the future to upgrade ports after every
upgrade, is it safe to nuke /usr/local (excluding  /usr/local/home), rebuild
world/kernel for 8.2 and start with a fresh ports tree? I thought about a
clean reinstall but this machine cannot boot from USB, both CD-ROM's are
dead and have been disconnected to use IDE hard-drives and the floppy driver
is dead as well. So it would seem an inline/online rebuild is my only
upgrade solution but with ports in it's current state of FUBAR, it leaves me
with the question of what to do with that too.

P.S. I've tried a portmaster/portsupgrade of ports, both met
with disastrous results and with 193 current ports installed, over 75% of
which is broke and isn't used any more ... I need to start over

> A: Yes.
> >Q: Are you sure?
> >>A: Because it reverses the logical flow of conversation.
> >>>Q: Why is top posting frowned upon?

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