Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2021 21:16:31 UTC
https://bugs.freebsd.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=260399 Bug ID: 260399 Summary: freebsd-update is just horrible, it fails and fails and WHY? Product: Base System Version: Unspecified Hardware: Any OS: Any Status: New Severity: Affects Some People Priority: --- Component: bin Assignee: bugs@FreeBSD.org Reporter: email@example.com I've just about had it with freebsd-update (and portsnap for much the same reasons). I want to update several machines to 12.3-RELEASE. Fine. I've done this sort of thing before, and it's always a total pain. Not because of the process, but because freebsd-update is a horrible terrible nasty piece of work. Snippet 1: Preparing to download files... done. Fetching 1760 patches.... ..1750....1760 done. Snippet 2: Applying patches... done. Fetching 962 files... ....10. ....960. failed. Well I've seen this before, so run it again. Snippet 3: Fetching 921 patches.....10....20 ...920 done. Question: why does this have to download 921 more patches? Has it not already downloaded all the patches? What new patches is it downloading? Snippet 4: Fetching 880 files... ..880 failed. Repeat until I am lucky enough to hit the precise nanosecond when this seems to work, and it seems to fail often (just like portsnap). I really don't understand the logic of downloading the same patches over and over again when this happens. Are you really trying to tell me that all the patches are in some way corrupted or broken? If yes, I will say prove it! Because I don't believe it. I have never had problems downloading files directly myself using simple http/ftp type clients on any FreeBSD machine. The problem is solely with the truly horrible freebsd-update and its horrible cousin portsnap. These two things (I cannot with any integrity refer to them as 'programs') are the biggest most horrible and nasty aspects of FreeBSD. They frequently fail. Don't try to suggest doing something with portsnap.conf or freebsd-update.conf. It's not that. It's these two horrible fail-at-the-drop-of-a-hat programs which should not be in the base system at all. I don't have a problem with patching systems. But these two tools do not belong in the FreeBSD toolbox. Anyone thinking of replying "they work for me", good for you. But they do frequently fail for people as is shown through bug reports and posts here and there. Seriously, in 2021, how hard is it to download some files reliably? -- You are receiving this mail because: You are the assignee for the bug.