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OVH Cloud - FreeBSD is utterly broken and running an EOL version (10.1)


#1

Hey guys just to let you know, the FreeBSD images for the public cloud are utterly broken, basically OVH has shoved in binaries from a different version of freebsd and not upgraded correctly, meaning both ports and pkg’s will not work.

The fix for this is to buildworld for 10.1 https://www.freebsd.org/doc/handbook/makeworld.html and then installing that, afterwards sync the sources for 11.4 and build/install that make sure to follow all normal upgrade steps, mergemaster etc…

Then you could continue with 11.4 or upgrade to 12.1 (which is the current release)


#2

You can test this by creating a sandbox FreeBSD box and yes well … trying to install anything :slight_smile:

Note to OVH: If you are unsure how to actually get a correctly built freebsd image, drop me a message I would happily put one together for you


#3

hello
anyone here ?


#4

Hey there, it is usually better to simply ask a question :slight_smile:


#5

As it turns out you can actually get out of this little problem with freebsd-update -r 12.1-RELEASE upgrade … however build world will fail without creating a fake swap using mdconfig -a -t vnode (2G does it) - this is for the smallest sandbox

As for fixing package you can fix it by force installing pkg from the freebsd 10.1 package repository and forcing it to re-initilize, though that obviously does not get rid of the problem the entire OS is effectively EOL for 10.1


#6

Nice to know someone is watching the FreeBSD builds, have you checked Ubuntu 20.04 yet?