Using freebsd-update after upgrading from source
sonic2000gr at gmail.com
Mon Jun 30 12:10:25 UTC 2008
Victor Sudakov wrote:
> I have been updating 6.2-RELEASE with freebsd-update. Recently I
> upgraded it to RELENG_6_3 from source. Can I continue using
> freebsd-update or must I upgrade only from source from now on?
I don't see why not. freebsd-update will download binary updates to the
system as well as the relevant sources for them (look at
/etc/freebsd-update.conf to verify).
> I conducted an experiment and got inconclusive results. I had upgraded
> to RELENG_6_3-p2 where the problems with libpthread and ssh are
> already fixed. However, when I ran freebsd-update, it did replace
> libpthread and libssh. It also replaced the kernel, downgrading it
> from 6.3-RELEASE-p2 to 6.3-RELEASE-p1!
Don't be so sure. If you are running a GENERIC kernel, freebsd-update
simply downloaded the latest. If -p2 did not have any kernel updates (it
did not IIRC) you got the kernel for -p1. The fact it replaced your
GENERIC (which had a -p2 deisgnation in uname) is probably because this
was compiled on your system so freebsd-update did not recognize the
version. These two should be functionally identical. In fact if you just
recompile the kernel now, it will report -p2 (but this is only a
cosmetic change, if the kernel sources have not been changed by
Have a look at this file:
look at the "BRANCH"
if it says "RELEASE-p2" this is what you will get if you recompile the
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