freebsd-update wants to update to version I'm running

Kevin Oberman rkoberman at
Mon Mar 10 20:26:45 UTC 2014

On Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 6:38 AM, LuKreme <kremels at> wrote:

> On 10 Mar 2014, at 05:52 , Kurt Jaeger <lists at> wrote:
> > Hi!
> >
> >> What does fetch do then? It seems odd that it would fetch files
> >> for the current version you already have installed, doesn?t it?
> >
> > It fetches newer patches.
> >
> > If you have 8.4p1 and do
> >
> > freebsd-upgrade fetch
> >
> > it gets the more recent 8.4p4 or so.
> But if you have 8.4p7 which is the last version of 8.4, why is it fetching
> updates? and what are those updates updating to?

freebsd-update has no idea that 8.4p7 is the newest version. 'fetch' will
always simply fetch the the current update for the version of FreeBSD that
is running on the system.  If it is hte one currently on the system, so be

'upgrade', on the other hand, will start the process of upgrading to a new
version (major or minor) which is a vastly more complex operation.
R. Kevin Oberman, Network Engineer, Retired
E-mail: rkoberman at

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