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Date:      Fri, 12 Oct 2012 08:45:57 -0700
From:      Stuart Matthews <>
Subject:   Re: problems upgrading from 7.2-RELEASE-p8 to 7.4 or 9.0-RELEASE
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Hi Greg,

Thanks for the tips. I'll be able to retry the upgrade this weekend.

- Stu

On 10/11/2012 5:49 PM, Greg Larkin wrote:
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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,
> Greg
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