releases, branches,..

Rocky Borg rrborg at
Thu Aug 12 21:12:58 UTC 2010

On 8/12/2010 2:02 PM, Dick Hoogendijk wrote:
>  On 12-8-2010 22:53, Polytropon wrote:
>> On Thu, 12 Aug 2010 22:46:18 +0200, Dick Hoogendijk<dick at>  
>> wrote:
>>> I'm running 8.1-RELEASE now, but what about security issues found?
>>> Which brach do I follow?
>> 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.
> Thank you. I will follow RELEASE than. Also a thanks to Svein. ;-) Is 
> RELEASE automaticaly set in a fresh FreeBSD install or do I need to 
> change anything?

uname -raa

freebsd-update will update that version you have installed (so yes 
RELEASE in a fresh install) only with security patches. If a new version 
comes out you want to upgrade to you would do something like

freebsd-update upgrade -r 8.3-RELEASE

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