RELENG_7 versus RELENG_7_0, latter is newer?

Erik Trulsson ertr1013 at
Sun Feb 24 14:04:54 UTC 2008

On Sun, Feb 24, 2008 at 01:16:04PM +0000, Chris wrote:
> I expected RELENG_7 to have newer files than RELENG_7_0 as the latter
> tracks a release whilst the former tracks CURRENT/STABLE whichever it
> currently is.
> However I noticed 2 things.
> 1 - RELENG_7_0 in shows 7.0-RELEASE whilst RELENG_7 shows PRERELEASE.

Yes, it is supposed to be that way.  RELENG_7 will continue to show
-PRERELEASE until after 7.0-RELEASE is out, at which point it will switch to
show -STABLE.

> 2 - RELENG_7_0 has higher version numbers than RELENG_7 on the src
> files and config files for mergemaster.

Considering that almost all changes to RELENG_7_0 are first applied to
RELENG_7 before being applied to the (newer) RELENG_7_0 branch
this is not surprising.  Note also that the revision numbers that CVS
assigns to each revision of a file depends heavily on which branch
the file comes from, and which revision that branch is derived from.
Higher number does not necessarily imply newer file.

> Given this information is it the case RELENG_7 has simply stopped been
> updated? possibly even a fault on the cvsup servers I have been using.


> /usr/src/UPDATING both have the 7.0-RELEASE line however.
> example below
> RELENG_7_0
> FreeBSD: src/usr.sbin/sysinstall/sysinstall.h,v
> FreeBSD: src/usr.sbin/sysinstall/sysinstall.h,v

Looks just fine to me.

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Erik Trulsson
ertr1013 at

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