Tom Carpenter tomc at bio.umass.edu
Fri Nov 18 21:10:39 UTC 2011

So, I've run freebsd-update fetch/install a few times since I
posed my original question, but my system remains at
8.2-RELEASE-p3. Have I done all that I should to get word to
those that would be able to correct the problem? Is there
communication channel I should use to report this?

On 11/18/2011 03:50 PM, Matthew Seaman wrote:
> On 18/11/2011 20:12, Tom Carpenter wrote:
>> Is it not possible/not intended for kernels to be updated via
>> freebsd-update? If kernels can be updated via freebsd-update
>> will there be a release of an fix/update that will allow systems
>> to be patched/updated to -p4 or later?
> freebsd-update will certainly update your kernel for you, so long as you
> are using a standard GENERIC kernel from the install media or from a
> previous freebsd-update iteration.
> If you compile your own kernel, then freebsd-update will patch the
> kernel sources, but leave you to rebuild and reinstall your customized
> kernel.
> I don't know about the -p4 update.  By rights it should have involved
> updating the kernel by one or other of the two methods shown.  So far
> however, we've seen two reports questioning that[*] and none saying that
> the -p4 update did in fact update the kernel.  Which is suspicious, but
> hardly conclusive.
> 	Cheers,
> 	Matthew
> [*] Stranger things have happened than admins compiling their own
> GENERIC kernels and then mistakenly thinking they were actually using
> the standard one from the install media[+].  Seeing a positive "it
> updated for me" would settle the question definitively.
> [+] Not that I believe for one minute that anyone in this thread is
> sufferring from that sort of memory lapse.

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