freebsd-update not updating reported patchlevel

Matthew Seaman matthew at
Fri May 4 09:02:12 UTC 2012

On 03/05/2012 22:52, Mike Brown wrote:
> For example, with this latest OpenSSL security update, running 'freebsd-update 
> fetch' says (among other things) "The following files will be updated as part 
> of updating to 8.2-RELEASE-p7" and "WARNING: FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE-p3 is 
> approaching its End-of-Life date. It is strongly recommended that you upgrade 
> to a newer release within the next 2 months."

Aside from the question of the version string embedded in the kernel not
being updated which has been addressed elsewhere, this warning seems a
bit unclear.

It's actually the entire 8.2-RELEASE branch that is approaching EoL, not
any specific patchlevel within it.  (Individual patchlevels don't have
an EoL concept per se: they just last until the next one comes out, or
the whole branch goes out of support.)

In other words, this message is warning you to update to 8.3-RELEASE or
9.0-RELEASE in the near future.



Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil.

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