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Date:      Thu, 11 Oct 2012 20:49:19 -0400
From:      Greg Larkin <>
To:        Stuart Matthews <>
Subject:   Re: problems upgrading from 7.2-RELEASE-p8 to 7.4 or 9.0-RELEASE
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On 10/11/12 2:43 PM, Stuart Matthews wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I am including as much information in here as I think will be
> useful. Since I can do snapshots on VMWare, I am happy to try any
> solution or diagnostics. Steps I took to upgrade FreeBSD: Using
> freebsd-update, I upgraded from 7.2-RELEASE to 7.2-RELEASE-p8 Then,
> to upgrade to 9.0-RELEASE, I ran the following commands, using 
> as my guide: freebsd-update -r 9.0-RELEASE upgrade freebsd-update
> install reboot freebsd-update install portupgrade -f ruby rm
> /var/db/pkg/pkgdb.db portupgrade -f ruby18-bdb rm
> /var/db/pkg/pkgdb.db /usr/ports/INDEX-*.db portupgrade -af 
> freebsd-update install reboot
> I noticed that lots of things weren't working, and specifically
> that I was getting lots of complaints about /libexec/ I
> also noticed that when I ran freebsd-update IDS, it seemed to
> report that every single file had the wrong signature.
> So, this being a VMWare guest, I reluctantly reverted to a
> previous snapshot, putting me back at 7.2-RELEASE-p8.
> I decided to try this time to go from 7.2-RELEASE-p8 to 7.4-RELEASE
> to 8.0-RELEASE to 8.3-RELEASE. I only got to 7.4-RELEASE before I
> had the same issues as above. As a specific example of errors I
> would get, I try to run sudo and I get: [stuart@richelieu ~]$ sudo
> bash /libexec/ sudo: invalid PT_PHDR
> This seems to be the most relevant thread to the problem I'm
> having: 
>  However, I'd be more comfortable using an official upgrade path,
> like freebsd-update, exclusively. That thread involves replacing a
> file from a FreeBSD liveCD. Also, with freebsd-update IDS reporting
> so many files with incorrect signatures, I feel like my problem is
> bigger than fixing one file.
> Right now I am back on 7.2-RELEASE-p8 eager to get my OS upgraded
> to something that is under current support by the security team.
> Optimally I'd like to be on 8.3 after looking at the EOL dates.
> Also, I did see one other post _somewhere_ mentioning a similar
> proble also on a VMWare guest. So I am suspicious that the problem
> might be related to VMWare.
> Thanks, everyone.
> - Stuart Matthews

Hi Stuart,

If you click the link in this mailing list article
then follow the rest of the threaded messages, you should be able fix
the problem once you upgrade to 7.4.

The issue is that freebsd-update cannot update the binary
on a running system, so after the upgrade to 7.4 (or higher), the
system is not completely updated.

This message
has a fix, but it involves booting from a liveCD and replacing the
binary manually.

Hope that helps,
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