freebsd-update patch not being applied

andrew clarke mail at
Sun Mar 1 10:14:22 PST 2009

On Sun 2009-03-01 08:50:48 UTC-0800, James (james at wrote:

> For some reason when i type uname -a on my desktop, which is running 7.1, all I see is this:
> 	$ uname -a
> 	FreeBSD me 7.1-RELEASE FreeBSD 7.1-RELEASE #0: Thu Jan  1 08:58:24 UTC 2009     root at  amd64
> But if i run freebsd-update fetch i get this
> 	$ sudo freebsd-update fetch
> 	Password:
> 	Looking up mirrors... 2 mirrors found.
> 	Fetching metadata signature for 7.1-RELEASE from done.
> 	Fetching metadata index... done.
> 	Inspecting system... done.
> 	Preparing to download files... done.
> 	No updates needed to update system to 7.1-RELEASE-p3.
> Everytime the application has said there are new updates i installed them with `freebsd-update install`,
> and eventually i got around to restarting, but when I log back in and type `uname -a` I get the same message
> as above: `7.1-RELEASE #0`

This is (probably) normal.  uname -a shows the kernel version, however
often freebsd-update will patch other (non-kernel) parts of the base
system, leaving the kernel alone.  eg. the recent bug involving
telnetd on 7.x systems only required patching the telnetd binary.

AFAIK, each time a patch is required, /usr/src/sys/conf/ is

$ sudo freebsd-update fetch
No updates needed to update system to 6.4-RELEASE-p3.

$ uname -a
FreeBSD blizzard.phoenix 6.4-RELEASE-p1 FreeBSD 6.4-RELEASE-p1 #0: Sun
Dec 21 07:56:41 UTC 2008     root at  i386

$ grep -v # /usr/src/sys/conf/ | head -4


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