Is CTM still being offered for updating FreeBSD?

b. f. bf1783 at
Fri Feb 25 23:31:35 UTC 2011

>So I have a few questions:
>1) Is it still being offered and supported as a method of updating
>FreeBSD systems?

As of today, yes -- I have recent deltas in my mailbox.  But you could
easily check by subscribing, and looking at:

where the deltas are still being added every few hours.

>2) If not can the section in the handbook be removed? I have attached
>a patch which removes references to CTM from the handbook. Should it
>be applied?
>3) Probably the most controversial question - but I'll ask it
>nonetheless. If CTM is no longer an option for updating FreeBSD is
>there any reason to leave it in base? Is it still being used by a
>sufficient number of people to maintain it?

I can't answer for the maintainer, and I don't have usage statistics,
which you could probably obtain from the mailing list and WWW admins.
But the fact that it works, without requiring a lot of resources or
the need for extensive maintenance, and has the benefits that are
clearly described in the Handbook, suggest that you should leave it
alone.  Why is this question even arising? Surely there are other
problems that need to be addressed much more than the ending of a
useful, uncontroversial service by someone who is not familiar with


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