FreeBSD supported versions (UNCLASSIFIED)

Michael Sierchio kudzu at
Thu Aug 11 01:42:59 UTC 2011

man freebsd-update

On Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 6:21 PM, Daniel Staal <DStaal at> wrote:
> --As of August 10, 2011 1:26:10 PM -1000, Wright, Jonathon Mr CTR US USA
> USARPAC is alleged to have said:
>> How do I know as an admin of my FreeBSD server that the version I am
>> running is supported via automated fashion? I'm trying to find a way to
>> do this through a script of sorts so that when the date comes, I'm
>> alerted that I need to upgrade.
>> For example on this link:
>> It has a table with dates / versions.
>> How can I query this through the ports tree / or other means?
> --As for the rest, it is mine.
> I don't think there is an automated way to do this.  Like most OSes, end of
> life for a particular version is announced ahead of time, and when it
> occurs, through mailing lists and the media, but there aren't any automatic
> checks.  You can check if there are current patches for your current
> version, but the lack of patches doesn't mean that there necessarily won't
> be some at some future time.
> (I actually can't think of _any_ OS that has support for an 'automated'
> check of this sort, besides possibly scraping a web page, which you could do
> with FreeBSD if you wanted.)
> Daniel T. Staal
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