FreeBSD update warns about 7.0 end of life

David Horn dhorn2000 at
Wed Dec 24 21:39:53 PST 2008

On Wed, Dec 24, 2008 at 9:18 PM, Tait <freebsd at> wrote:
>> >  When running freebsd-update on FreeBSD 7.0, I noticed this message:
>> >
>> >  WARNING: FreeBSD 7.0-RELEASE is approaching its End-of-Life date.
>>       Key concept: "RELEASE".
>>                                       Robert Huff
> I'm not trying to be dense, but what is that supposed to mean?
> I see this on
>  "The FreeBSD Security Team currently plans to support FreeBSD 7.0 until
>  February 28th, 2009."
> As far as I can tell, 7.1 hasn't even undergone RC2 build yet, much yet
> the actual -RELEASE build.
> So what am I supposed to do about this warning and the impending cessation
> of security support? Will the Security Team actually support 7.0R longer
> than originally expected? If so, can freebsd-update be made to understand
> that and stop issuing worrisome warnings?

I have only ever personally seen the 7.0-RELEASE  EoL warning when
running an non updated kernel.  I can not speak for the security team
support horizon, but 7.1 RC is working very well on my test machine,
so I personally will be updating my production box to 7.1-RELEASE
shortly after the bits are frozen solid.

What is the output of:

uname -a

Are you running -p7 already or not ?

If not, then run:

freebsd-update fetch install

And do not forget to reboot your system to actually use the latest
kernel after install succeeds.  On my 7.0-RELEASE machine (that is
already updated to -p7) I do not see EoL warnings.  YMMV.

Good Luck.


Non quia difficilia sunt non audemus, sed quia non audemus, difficilia sunt.

> If the Security Team will stop
> supporting 7.0R, what _will_ they be supporting come Feb? Assuming 7.1R
> makes it out the door soon, will I really only have seven or so weeks
> to upgrade? The Security Team is apparently supporting 6.4R well into 2010;
> should I downgrade to keep receiving security updates?
> Thanks,
> Tait
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