Portupgrade Package Question

Chris Whitehouse cwhiteh at onetel.com
Sun Jul 10 19:21:43 UTC 2011

On 10/07/2011 14:02, Jerry wrote:
> On Sun, 10 Jul 2011 00:35:28 -0400
> b. f. articulated:
>> This is the tag that you would use on src collections to update your
>> base system sources (usually in /usr/src) to 8-STABLE.  You would use
>> RELENG_8_2 for the 8.2-STABLE security branch, RELENG_8_2_RELEASE for
>> 8.2-RELEASE, and so on.
> Reading through the archives, several years worth, it appears that this
> is one of the most frequently asked questions. Many users, both new
> (obviously) and some not so new get confused as to what is the proper
> tag to use for each branch; ie "Stable" "Current", etc.Maybe there
> should be some way to make it easier to understand. For example:

I was one of them until I discovered that googling "FreeBSD tags"
leads straight to http://www.freebsd.org/doc/handbook/cvs-tags.html

RELENG_8 The line of development for FreeBSD-8.X, also known as FreeBSD 
RELENG_8_2 The release branch for FreeBSD-8.2, used only for security 
advisories and other critical fixes.
RELENG_8_2_0_RELEASE FreeBSD 8.2 Release


> 8.2-RELEASE: original release of code sans any updates, etc.
> 8.2-STABLE: released version plus security updates
> 8.2-CURRENT: All updates, security&  otherwise to the original version
> ?-CURRENT: The absolute latest release of FreeBSD irregardless of what
> version it is.
> Anyway, it is just a suggestion. In any case I think it might be easier
> for some to comprehend. Anything that eliminates confusion is a plus.

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