FreeBSD sources from svn repos

Kevin Kinsey kdk at
Mon Jan 25 16:44:28 UTC 2010

RW wrote:
> On Mon, 25 Jan 2010 15:51:26 +0000
> Masoom Shaikh <masoom.shaikh at> wrote:
>> Hi List,
>> I am confused about FreeBSD versions maintained in svn repos
>> 1.
>> 2.
>> 3.
>> (2) is easy, most probably it means stable
> Rather than the one that has "stable" in the url?
>> how about (1) and (2)
> The obvious interpretation is that 3 is stable, 2 is the release, and
> 1 is the RELENG_8_0 security branch.

But to the initiate :-), remember that the terms can be
confusing.  A RELEASE is extremely "stable" in terms of
operation, most usually, per our reputation (and will never be
changed again).

The RELENG tag means that only security fixes, etc. are
added to the code, and the -STABLE tag refers to the fact
that the API isn't going to change in any substantial way
without developer's heads rolling, most likely, but stuff
is Merged-from-Current (or wherever) fairly continually,
and, as such, is occasionally susceptible to hiccups.

Kevin Kinsey

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