Experience upgrading OpenBSD to 5.7

In short, it was way way way way simpler than I expected it to be. It took less than 10 mins to update OpenBSD from 5.6 to 5.7. And then another half an hour to update all my packages with # pkg_add -u.

The reason I was scared is because I am unfamiliar with this sort of upgrade procedure, I am used to rolling distros where to update you just run one command every once in a while and you’re up-to-date. I never used Debian or Ubuntu extensively so I didn’t get to experience freeze periods, OS version numbers etc.

I mean there’s not much more to say about that. Just so that it’s not a really short post I’ll lay out the steps I took:

  • Downloaded the install57.fs
  • dd if=install57.fs of=/dev/sd0c bs=4M (of= may vary for you)
  • Booted into USB
  • Chose (U)pgrade instead of (I)nstall or (A)uto Install
  • Went through procedure
  • Rebooted
  • Read mail (just reports)
  • # sysmerge
  • # pkg_add -u

And that was it. It was way simpler than I expected.

I will be upgrading to -current soon enough so I can write about the experience, also I need the latest sort to have the nvm bug fixed.


Today is May 2nd. I just realised there is an upgrade guide for 5.6 to 5.7. I just read that today and I ran the steps, I missed this part of the upgrade earlier. Oops.

April 30, 2015