releases, branches,..

Polytropon freebsd at
Thu Aug 12 20:53:52 UTC 2010

On Thu, 12 Aug 2010 22:46:18 +0200, Dick Hoogendijk <dick at> wrote:
>   My years of OpenSolaris made me forget the use of releases and branches.
> I'm not into too much compiling anymore. I want a stable, but also safe 
> server.
> I'm running 8.1-RELEASE now, but what about security issues found?
> What do I need to run if I want the lates and needed security patches?
> I do not want to update my system (at least as few times as possible)
> Which brach do I follow? I have the feeling that STABLE is too innovative(?)

In this case, use "freebsd-update" to track -RELEASE; you will
get the security patches by binary updating, e. g. you can use
this tool to get from 8.1-RELEASE to 8.1-RELEASE-p1 without the
need to compile anything.

See "man freebsd-update" for details.

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