Problem with freebsd-update on 7.3-RELEASE

Brian DeFreitas briandef at
Thu Jan 27 08:35:53 UTC 2011

Konstantin Vasilyev wrote:
> Hi all!
> I have installed
> %uname -a
> FreeBSD 7.3-RELEASE-p4 FreeBSD 7.3-RELEASE-p4 #3:
> Tue Jan 25 19:19:34 MSK 2011
> kvasilev at  i386
> I have
> @daily 		freebsd-update cron
> in root's crontab.
> Why does freebsd-update mail me the following?
> Who can give me ideas what's happening?

Have you checked the man page for freebsd-update(8) ?

cron         Sleep a random amount of time between 1 and 3600 seconds,
             then download updates as if the fetch command was used.  If
             updates are downloaded, an email will be sent (to root or a
             different address if specified via the -t option or in the
             configuration file).

Sounds exactly like the expected behavior to me.

So, the cron subcommand only does the 'fetch' part of freebsd-update.
You'll still need to run 'freebsd-update install' to actually install
the updates.

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