Question on CVS Branches

Simon Barner barner at
Thu Aug 28 07:10:22 PDT 2003

> Is RELENG_4 to be considered stable? I.e. can i use it for production?

Well, that depends. At the moment, -stable has (or had) some stability problems
since some enhancements for huge memory systems (> 4gb) where merged
from -current).

I think the best for production system is the latest security branch,
i.e. RELENG_4_8 which is the latest release (4.8-RELEASE) + all the
security fixes that have been released so far. -stable aka. RELENG_4
contains those fixes + other bug fixes + feature enhancements, that
might cause problems once in a while.

> Also i am still a bit unsure, what CURRENT, RELEASE and STABLE mean.
> From other OS's, i know that "Release" means "for production use".
> But 5.x-RELEASE is said to be not for production.

The FreeBSD 5.x releases were made in order to provide a solid test
basis for the very latest branch of FreeBSD. Although it runs very
stable for a lot of people, more conservative users that do not need any
of the new features in FreeBSD 5.x are recommended stay with FreeBSD 4.x
at the present.

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