Help understanding basic FreeBSD concepts (ports, updates, jails)

Adam Vande More amvandemore at
Sat Nov 7 16:57:55 UTC 2009

On Sat, Nov 7, 2009 at 10:39 AM, Roger <rnodal at> wrote:

> Hello all,
> I have another concept that I'm confused about, the source distribution.
> Some ports, like "lsof" require the existence of /usr/src.
> What I don't understand is which version to use to keep synchronized
> with the production release.
> When the installed was performed the release was 7.2 but after doing
> "freebsd-update" the release is now
> 7.2-p4. According to the documentation, I can track CURRENT, STABLE plus
> other.
> Which one is the recommended one for a production server. I have not
> build that many
> packages that need the sources present so now would be a good time to
> find out which one
> I should use.
> Thank you for your time and patience,
There are three basic branches, CURRENT STABLE RELEASE

You want release.  You shouldn't run anything else unless you're willing and
able to help with testing, debugging, and development.

Adam Vande More

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