Is "software update" in a working state yet?

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Thu Jul 22 19:23:36 UTC 2010

Jeff Molofee <nehe at> writes:

> I've noticed software update pop up on the screen quite a bit lately.
> Initially it popped up and did nothing.  Now in 8.1-RC2 it pops up and
> shows me that I actually have updates.  When I click update, it seems
> like it's actually attempting to upgrade the listed packages, but the
> entire process always ends with "command 'update-packages' is not
> known".
> Do I have something misconfigured or is it still incomplete?

Pardon my naivete, but:

What is "software update"? 
It sounds like a GUI-ish thing;
Is it a part of some desktop manager?
Do you know what it uses as a backend?

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