patches for the 6.2-RELEASE kernel

Chuck Swiger cswiger at
Tue Jun 26 18:22:01 UTC 2007

On Jun 26, 2007, at 10:40 AM, Jose Luis Alarcon Sanchez wrote:
> I am FreeBSD 6.2-RELEASE user. i'm learning FreeBSD.
> Some times, i see people have a system named 6.2-RELEASE-pxx, where
> xx is a number. I know that -pxx are security patches, or not only
> security and too are patches for solve bugs?.

The security branch only includes security and critical bugfixes, not  
minor changes, new features, or performance improvements.

> My dude is: is very convenient have upgraded the kernel to this
> patches. I'm a home user, not a bussiness. Nothing "important"
> depend on my system.
> My second dude is: how is the "upgrade" process?, are there this patch
> files in any concrete web site and the user must download it and  
> apply?,
> are there any "automatized" mechanism for get it?.

There are several ways to update the system, depending on whether you  
want to get binary updates via freebsd-update mechanism, or update  
via CSUP/CVSUP which requires a manual rebuild of the system  
sources.  Read the fine Handbook, it's documented there in more  
detail than is convenient to repeat in email.

> One last question, what is the number of the last patch applied?.

That changes over time, see:

...the most recent advisory (07:04.file) brings 6.2 to "6.2-RELEASE-p5".


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