Follow up....Re: Updating for the FreeBSD Security Advisory FreeBSD-SA-12:01.openssl

Leslie Jensen leslie at
Thu May 3 18:48:17 UTC 2012

2012-05-03 20:35, andrew clarke skrev:
> On Thu 2012-05-03 19:17:05 UTC+0200, Leslie Jensen (leslie at wrote:
>> After a reboot my system now has the following label
>> FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE-p3 #0
>> How come it downgrades the label from p6 to p3 when upgrading to p7.
> This is a FAQ.  There's a thread about it here:
> Short answer: The patch level (-p3) displayed by uname -r after a
> reboot will not change if freebsd-update has not touched the kernel.
> As far as I know there haven't been any patches to the 8.2-REL kernel
> since -p3.
> /usr/src/sys/conf/ is always updated by freebsd-update when
> there is an update. (Although now that I think about it that might not
> be true if you don't have the kernel sources installed?)
> Not exactly intuitive.
> Several Linux distros have a file named /etc/issue that shows the
> distro name and version. Perhaps this or something similar could be
> provided in future FreeBSD releases and updated by freebsd-update.
> $ cat /etc/issue
> Ubuntu 12.04 LTS \n \l
> Regards
> Andrew
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Thank you :-)

I have read similar answers and was partly aware of this.

But I was just curious to why.

I'll accept it and let a kernel rebuild be a part of my updates.


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