FreeBSD-update seems to hang on 10.0-BETA2

I’m setting up a new FreeBSD web server. As 10.0 is just around the corner, I installed 10.0-BETA2. BETA4 is out, so it’s time to upgrade.

# freebsd-update -r 10.0-BETA4 upgrade
Looking up update.FreeBSD.org mirrors... 5 mirrors found.
...

That all looks good. Then I installed the update

# freebsd-update install
...

And the install hung. Overnight. Why?

Turns out that there are multiple errata on freebsd-update. While you can upgrade to BETA2-p2, you can’t jump directly to the next version.

So you need to do:

# freebsd-update fetch
# freebsd-update install
# reboot
# freebsd-update -r 10.0-BETA4 upgrade
# freebsd-update install

When freebsd-update appears to hang, use ^T to print the current status.

# freebsd-update install
Installing updates...
^T
load: 0.17 cmd: install 2796 [nanslp] 156.82r 0.01u 0.02s 0% 6220k

Here we see that the install process, PID 2796, is running. Wait a few minutes and try it again.

^T
load: 0.16 cmd: install 2803 [nanslp] 26.09r 0.01u 0.01s 0% 6160k

There’s been no visible output, and install is still running, but it’s now PID 2803. It’s a new install process. The update is proceeding, if not as quickly as you’d like.

So, be patient and let the machine do its work.

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