[Bug 270338] FreeBSD Handbook: minor and major upgrades with freebsd-update(8): corrections and improvements

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Date: Fri, 06 Oct 2023 17:04:05 UTC

Graham Perrin <grahamperrin@gmail.com> changed:

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--- Comment #6 from Graham Perrin <grahamperrin@gmail.com> ---
From bug 213935 comment 1: 

> I think you should not skip intermediate versions. ⋯

As far as I know: this (advice to not skip) is often recommended, but not
officially made explicit. 

It is, I think, implicit in release-specific installation instructions. For
example, from instructions at <https://www.freebsd.org/releases/13.2R/> for

> ⋯ freebsd-update(8) ⋯ 12.4-RELEASE or 13.1-RELEASE can upgrade ⋯

@re please: should there be clearer advice, in the FreeBSD Handbook, to
complete minor update routines before attempting a major upgrade? 

Currently, under

> ⋯ The following command, when run on a FreeBSD 13.1 system, will 
> upgrade it to FreeBSD 13.2:
> # freebsd-update -r 13.2-RELEASE upgrade
> ⋯

(If, say, an operator has a non-patched 13.0 system: there's no hint to patch
before attempting an upgrade.)

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