FreeBSD STABLE, CURRENT and upgrading
freebsd at nbritton.org
Thu Oct 21 04:36:57 PDT 2004
Oliver Fuchs wrote:
>I am using FreeBSD since 5.2 RELEASE and I am now running 5.2.1 RELEASE.
>I upgraded between the two versions from scratch that means I backuped
>the main configuration files and directories (like home), deleted the
>old version, installed the new one and reconfigured the whole system.
>As I see 5.3 is now coming up so I want to avoid this procedure.
>I have read the handbook, the FAQs and Greg Lehey's book 'The complete
>FreeBSD'.But I am still quite unsure/confused about some aspects of FreeBSD
>1) CURRENT and STABLE
>As I read in the FAQS there are two main development branches: STABLE
>and CURRENT. At the moment the 4-STABLE is the STABLE-branch and the
>5-CURRENT is the current brunch up to the point where it gets STABLE (I
>think it is 5.3). Then the CURRENT branch will change to 6?
>Is that right.
Right... as of a few days ago 5-CURRENT is now 5-STABLE, CURRENT (HEAD)
is now 6.
>Then FreeBSD would have two STABLE branches (4 and 5) so what will then
>be the difference between them? Or will the 4 branch be ended?
>So I am not quiet sure about this terminology.
The difference? a whole lot of stuff. Eventually 4.x will be "phased
out" in favor of 5.x but we have awial before this happens.
>2) Updating 5.2.1
>As far as I understood there are three parts of the system that have to
>So to do the first two ones I am going to use sysinstall (I use a slow
>internet connection so I have to by the CDs with binary collection).
>After userland and kernel have been upgraded I need to upgrade my
>Therefore I copy my binary packages (from the CDs) to
>/usr/ports/packages/All and first run
>Is this all for now?
>3) Get the latest security patches/packages
>On the FreeBSD security page I have read about three
>security patches for the 5.2.1 RELAESE. They only affected the kernel.
>Running freebsd-update gave me a lot more security hints but for the
>So am I right believing that the security patches only regard kernel
>and to get the latest package-updates I have to run freebsd-update?
>Or is there another possibility?
>Thanx for your patience and help in advance
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