freebsd-update vs. make buildworld

Paul Schmehl pauls at
Thu Oct 26 00:23:57 UTC 2006

--On October 26, 2006 12:52:35 AM +0200 Niek <niek at> wrote:

> Hi experts,
> Due to the recent security issue regarding openssl, I have to update a
> server running 6_release. I was wondering if updating using binaries
> using the freebsd-update utility is a viable alternative to recompiling
> the world. What would you recommend?
It is so long as you haven't altered any of the kernel or base source 
files.  If you have, you'll need to rebuild kernel and world.  I use both 
methods; freebsd-update when I'm using a GENERIC kernel with no changes 
and the traditional method when the source has been altered, the kernel is 
customized or the processor is not supported under freebsd-update.

Paul Schmehl (pauls at
Senior Information Security Analyst
The University of Texas at Dallas

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