rsimmons0 at gmail.com
Fri Nov 11 21:03:55 UTC 2011
On Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 11:34 AM, Matthew Seaman
<m.seaman at infracaninophile.co.uk> wrote:
> Judging by the output you showed, you've certainly managed to download
> the -p4 binary patch set. The 'No updates needed' message is just
> telling you you've already got all the necessary update patchsets
> downloaded. The next step is running:
> # freebsd-update install
> which will actually deploy those updates on your live system. Which you
> do mention doing. Hmmm...
> You aren't running a custom kernel according to your uname output, so
> your kernel image should have been updated. However, you would still
> need to reboot after installing the updates. Until you do, programs like
> uname that query the currently running kernel image will continue to
> show the old version numbers.
I would encourage you to please run uname -a on your own box before
beating up the newbie. I think I understand where his confusion lies.
I checked the output on two of my boxes:
# freebsd-update fetch
Looking up update.FreeBSD.org mirrors... 4 mirrors found.
Fetching metadata signature for 8.2-RELEASE from update3.FreeBSD.org... done.
Fetching metadata index... done.
Inspecting system... done.
Preparing to download files... done.
No updates needed to update system to 8.2-RELEASE-p4.
# uname -a
FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE-p3 FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE-p3 #0: Tue Sep 27 18:07:27
UTC 2011 root at i386-builder.daemonology.net:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC
All my machines are up to current patch level, but show p3 when I run uname -a.
> Note that if a security update is just to some userland programs,
> freebsd-update won't touch the OS kernel, so the reported version number
> doesn't change even though the update has been applied. In these sort
> of cases, it's not necessary to reboot, just to restart any long running
> processes (if any) affected by the update. The security advisory should
> have more detailed instructions about exactly what to do. (The -p2 to
> -p3 update was like this, but the -p3 to -p4 update definitely did
> affect the kernel so a reboot was necessary.)
I'm not confident that you are correct here. See above. Either p3-p4
did not touch the kernel, or the OP has a legitimate question.
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