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Some time ago, I upgrade my FreeBSD box to 7.1-RC2, but now I'd like to move to 7.2-RELEASE. I tried running

# uname -mrsi
FreeBSD 7.1-RC2 i386 GENERIC
# freebsd-update upgrade -r 7.2-RELEASE
Looking up mirrors... 3 mirrors found.
Fetching metadata signature for 7.1-RC2 from failed.
Fetching metadata signature for 7.1-RC2 from failed.
Fetching metadata signature for 7.1-RC2 from failed.
No mirrors remaining, giving up.

Substituting 7.1 for 7.2 gives the same error. Adding a --debug option shows the failure as being

fetch: Not Found

Is there any way to still do a binary upgrade of this system as the 7.1-RC* directories don't exist on anymore? Upgrading from source is an option, but I wanted to see if there was some way to salvage this installation.

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Is there some reason a source upgrade is not an option for you? I don't think there's a graceful way for you to do a binary upgrade at this point. – Geoff Fritz Nov 25 '09 at 18:41
Bummer. Go ahead and propose this as a solution. Thanks! – ctuffli Nov 27 '09 at 3:57
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from the freebsd-update manpage of 7.1:

 Note that updates are only available if they are being built for the FreeBSD 
 release and architecture being used; in particular, the FreeBSD Security Team
 only builds updates for releases shipped in binary form by the FreeBSD Release 
 Engineering Team, e.g., FreeBSD 6.1-RELEASE and FreeBSD 6.2-RC1, but not 
 FreeBSD 6.2-STABLE or FreeBSD 7.0-CURRENT.

it seems the answer is "no".

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