That age old question again

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Mon Mar 17 15:42:31 UTC 2008

On Mon, Mar 17, 2008 at 09:18:27AM +1000, Robert Chalmers wrote:

> Not quite but close.
> On the front page of, is the download links for
>   a.. Production Release 7.0
> Which I'm assuming is the latest, and commercially useable version.
> Now I still find the situation of CURRENT, STABLE as they relate to RELEASE 
> slightly confusing, and no amount of description seems to clear it up.
> Ok, I understand CURRENT is developmental, and becomes the next major 
> version as stated below. So the next major version is the one on the 
> website? Release 7.0 - or, 7.0-RELEASE ...yes/no?
> Then 7.0-STABLE continues the work to be the bugfix/security blah blah tree.
> The question I have is:  For the Production Release shown above - 
> 7.0-RELEASE, what is the cvsup tag to keep this version updated ??

Kind of the easiest thing to do is trim the tag for how much less
security you want.    7.0-RELEASE gets you just that.   
  7 a little more fluid and HEAD is bleeding edge - is CURRENT for 7.xx.

So,    tag=RELENG_7_0      I think only security fixes
       tag=RELENG_7        security fixes and stable upgrades
       tag=.               latest additions and fixes and experiments

I am a little more foggy about how the next major (8.xx) fits in to 
the tag values.


> .................................................
> -CURRENT is the development tree that will eventually become the next major 
> version of FreeBSD. The developers try to keep this tree buildable, but they 
> can't guarantee that it will be usable. Tread lightly all those that dare 
> run this version. You must know what you are doing, understand how to debug 
> and rebuild, and be prepared for lost data. As I write, this is known as 
> 7-CURRENT, which will one day become FreeBSD 7.0. The cvsup tag for CURRENT 
> is . (the period).
> .................................................
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