svn revision in uname

David Demelier demelier.david at
Mon Dec 17 13:13:13 UTC 2012

I hope it will be removed soon, it pollutes the uname -a output.

2012/12/15 Lowell Gilbert <freebsd-questions-local at>

> "Anders N." <wicked at> writes:
> > Hi. I've noticed in my "uname -a" on 9.1-RELEASE there is "r243826."
> > This is on a system that upgraded from 9.1-RC3 using freebsd-update
> > (binary). On another system, upgraded from 9.0-RELEASE via
> > freebsd-update (source), there is nothing at all and uname -a looks
> > normal. Two other people I asked have r243825 (installed from ISO) and
> > r243872 (upgraded from svn).
> >
> > They're all 9.1-RELEASE, shouldn't they be the same, final version?
> As I understand it, the revision ID refers to the whole repository, not
> just a branch. So if you do your own svn checkout tomorrow, you'll get
> yet another revision number, even though the files will (probably) be
> completely identical to what you checked out yesterday -- ongoing
> commits to HEAD will keep kicking the revision number up.
> There is work going on to make system builds completely, bit-for-bit,
> repeatable, but that will presumably mean getting rid of this revision
> number information, not making it consistent.
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