February 28th, 2008, 03:20
So, I was wondering if anyone had done an upgrade from FreeBSD x86 to amd64. If so, was it any different from a regular upgrade (the manual way, not the new script). The reason I ask, is that I have a production server that needs to be changed to 64-bit, but wanted to know if there were any special things that needed to be done. I'm going to test this on a non-mission-critical server first, of course; making sure all my applications and such work out fine.

February 29th, 2008, 14:40
I haven't done it but I ran across this. I would wonder about old libraries, etc. hanging around and causing the odd issue from time to time. Most of the stuff I found on the list was old (i.e. talking about 4.x and 5-CURRENT).

On Tue, Oct 25, 2005 at 11:24:43PM -0700, Warren Liddell wrote:
> As per topic ... is it possible to upgrade from the 32 bit version of
> FreeBSD to the 64 bit version or is it better to do a new
> installation ? If upgrade can be done .. any URL/Links to a guide on
> how to do it ?

This has been handled multiple times on the -amd64 list. See the archives.
Upgrading is not impossible, but doing a new installation is less painfull.

February 29th, 2008, 15:00
Yeah, I think I'm just going to build and check all the apps on another server, then reinstall on the big server, then copy the configs over. Don't want an orphaned files sticking around.