too late to change to security branch?
kdk at daleco.biz
Thu Oct 4 13:34:32 PDT 2007
Bill Stwalley wrote:
> On 9/30/07, Rakhesh Sasidharan <rakhesh at rakhesh.com> wrote:
>> Hi Bill!
>>> I have servers running 6.1 and 6.2. I use freebsd-update in cron jobs
>>> install binary security update to the base system, and use
>>> in cron jobs to install port updates. By default, cvsup uses CURRENT
>> The ports system doesn't have any branches. The same tree is used between
>> all the different FreeBSD branches so you can't just track security
>> updates only. You track it using portupgrade/ cvsup.
>> The base system has many branches. In your case, you seem to be following
>> the security branches for 6.1 and 6.2 using freebsd-update.
>>> I am tired of some updates breaking something unnecessarily, and am
>>> of changing to SECURITY branch in cvsup. Is that possible? Some of my
>>> ports are already locally compiled with customized options.
>> Maybe you can provide more info on what's breaking?
>> I use FreeBSD for a couple of headless machines. No X and other stuff, but
>> I haven't had any breakages so far. *touchwood* Do go though the UPDATING
>> file to check out any gotchas before updating.
>> - Rakhesh
> I'm grateful to all your clarifications, as I feel this operation system is
> really supported with care.
> Our uw-imap was broken recently for a few days as people could not login, so
> I had to switch to dovecot. Nothing was mentioned in the UPDATING file,
> although there was indeed a big update of uw-imap. I only got relieved
> after finding
> a couple days later.
> Things similar to this, although to less extent, did happen once a couple
> months, sometimes the "postfix" and other startup scripts in
> /usr/local/etc/rc.d/ will be renamed to "postfix.sh" or vice verser by port
> upgrade, that broke my other scripts.
> As everyone appears to suggest against updating ports in cron job and
> suggest reading UPDATING instead and then updating by hand, I'm really
> curious: Is it practical to do that when you manage a dozen servers? I
> imagine doing that alone would be a substantial job. However crontab
> updated ports do take down services from time to time.
> Best, Bill
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