freebsd update question

Glen Barber glen.j.barber at
Fri Jun 12 00:16:52 UTC 2009

Hi, Jason

On Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 8:10 PM, Jason<jhelfman at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I have just started getting into the realm of kernel building, and I have a
> question in so far as upgrades.
> Is it possible to do a freebsd-update fetch then install, reboot, and then
> install again to get to the latest release you want to run?

Yes, this is possible.

> Update /usr/src with sources and build a kernel from that, and use that
> kernel.


> After this, assuming this is the correct path, can the same path be used to
> upgrade other servers, and then just plop the kernel on (same hardware.)

If it is a GENERIC kernel on the other servers, you can follow the
freebsd-update path mentioned above.

> I am not sure if this is the right path, but looking to understand it a
> little better.

If you only want binary upgrades, freebsd-update is probably your best
bet.  If you like pain (like most of us do), you can build from
source. :)

Glen Barber

More information about the freebsd-questions mailing list