RELENG_7 - has mergemaster changed logic since 7.2-RELEASE?

Matthias Andree ma at
Thu May 7 07:56:03 UTC 2009

Am 05.05.2009, 09:46 Uhr, schrieb Daniel Gerzo <danger at>:

> Manolis Kiagias wrote:
>> I always use -iU too.
>> I've lost motd, passwd, group and master.passwd
>> During mergemaster -p I was asked to merge changes to some of these, and
>> still they were replaced with the newer versions. I don't know what went
>> wrong but have restored them from backup. (I always tar /etc before a
>> source upgrade). Upgrading another system using freebsd-update did not
>> cause any problem.
> I have the same experience while I was upgrading a few machines  
> upgrading from RELENG_7 to RELENG_7_2. I haven't experienced when  
> upgrading from 7.1-R to 7.2-R.

Careful there - RELENG_7 is _newer_ than RELENG_7_2. The latter is  
branched off RELENG_7 at some point and progresses much slower (as in:  
errata and security, but no development), so that's no "update", but often  
the reverse.

Matthias Andree

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