freebsd-update (custom kernel)

Jason Helfman jhelfman at
Thu Nov 3 16:13:43 UTC 2011

On Thu, Nov 03, 2011 at 08:49:16AM -0700, masayoshi thus spake:
>I would like to know about freebsd-update command.
>It is rumoured that freebsd-update command does not work well with custom kernel.
>First question is the following :
>> su -
>#freebsd-update fetch
>#freebsd-update install
>Does this command work well?
>The answer is .....
>[A].Always work, [B]Depend on my computer.
>Second question is ...
>For example,if I upgrade from FreeBSD 7.4 to 8.2 by freebsd-update command.
>Can I upgrade without failure?
>I would like to know only "success rate"?
>The answer is ....
>[A].about 100%, [B].about 80%,[C].about 75%,[D] less than 50%
>Thanks in advance.

I does work fine with a custom kernel, as long as you are running and
maintaining the actual update server that distributes.

1. Always work
2. Can never account for 100 percent... I've not run into a problem, though.


Jason Helfman
System Administrator
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