freebsd-update insists on updating fresh system

Mikolaj Rydzewski miki at
Tue Mar 23 08:47:26 UTC 2010

Hi all,

I've performed system upgrade last night, then I wanted to give a try to 
freebsd-update tool. If I understand it correctly, it should fetch only 
updates to my currently working system (unless -r option was given). But 
now it insists to upgrade my 6.4-p9 system to 6.4-p9 system:

k2# uname -a
FreeBSD 6.4-RELEASE-p9 FreeBSD 6.4-RELEASE-p9 #0: Mon Mar 22 
17:21:50 CET 2010     miki at xxx:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/K2  i386
k2# freebsd-update fetch
Looking up mirrors... 3 mirrors found.
Fetching metadata signature for 6.4-RELEASE from 
Fetching metadata index... done.
Inspecting system... done.
Preparing to download files... done.

The following files will be updated as part of updating to 6.4-RELEASE-p9:

Why is it doing it so?

On the other hand, what is the suggested way to upgrade a system with 
custom kernel? Since freebsd-update cannot upgrade custom kernel, I have 
to build it on my own. And it says, that I have to install new kernel 
before I run 'freebsd-update install'. Does that mean, that I have to 
fetch source tree, build/install new kernel, and then fetch world binary 

Mikolaj Rydzewski <miki at>

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