clarification of cvsup process.

Bill Moran wmoran at
Thu Jun 15 19:42:14 UTC 2006

In response to Greg Groth <ggroth at>:

> I have a FreeBSD 6.0 server that I manage that is used as a DNS / mail 
> server.  In the wake of the recent sendmail security announcement, I'd 
> like to make sure I'm keeping the thing up to date.  I tried to run the 
> patch as listed in the announcement, but the patch just seemed to hang, 
> so I killed the process and decided to go the cvsup route.  now I 
> understand the whole cvsup process, as well as updating ports, but the 
> whole release tag thing still has me confused.  If possible could 
> someone tell me if I'm doing this right or not, or have someone tell me 
> what I'm doing wrong.
> I'm only interested in updating the system when a security need arises, 
> and have no desire to live on the "cutting edge".  I handle the ports 
> through portaudit/portsnap/portmanager, and am looking to only update 
> the case system with cvsup.
> Here is the list of commands I run to update the system.
> # cvsup /usr/local/greg/cvsupfile
> Contents of cvsupfile:
> *default
> *default base=/var/db
> *default prefix=/usr
> *default release=cvs tag=RELENG_6_0
> *default delete use-rel-suffix
> src-all
> *default tag=.

Note that you set the tag=RELENG_6_0 ... which is what you want, then you
reset it tag=. -- which will give you 6-STABLE -- not what you want.

Remove the *default tag=. line.

> # cd /usr/src
> # make buildworld
> # make buildkernel
> # make installkernel
> # reboot
> After rebooting into single user mode:
> # fsck -p
> # mount -u /
> # mount -a -t ufs
> # swapon -a
> # adjkerntz -i
> # mergemaster -p
> # make installworld
> # mergemaster
> # reboot
> After rebooting:
> # cd /etc/mail
> # make all
> # make install
> # make restart
> And that's it.  I do the stuff in /etc/mail since I'm not sure running 
> make buildworld will update the cf files.  The last patch that came out, 
> I did the same thing I outlined above, but I did not notice a change in 
> the version number of Sendmail when telnetting to it.

I don't know if the patch updates sendmail's internal version or not.

What does uname -a tell you after the upgrade?

Bill Moran
Collaborative Fusion Inc.

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