determining freebsd-update status

Jason Helfman jhelfman at
Fri Mar 4 18:12:22 UTC 2011

On Fri, Mar 04, 2011 at 11:32:11AM -0500, Tom Worster thus spake:
>to determine roughly where a server is in its updates (we're running only
>RELEASE) i do:
>1 - check the 1st 4 fields of the tag file in the freebsd-update working

Just because the 1st 4 fields are populated, doesn't necessarily imply it is
running at that version. The tag is stating what it has recently "seen" as 
available on the update server, but that doesn't mean that those updates
have been installed.

>2 - check the output of freebsd-update IDS.
>is it the case that freebsd-update IDS checks base system status relative
>to what's referenced in the tag file?

No. The hash index file is pulled from the update server for the installed 
release, and your system is compared with that.

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