freebsd-update problems 9.x to 9.x

Philip J. Koenig pjklist2 at
Mon Aug 25 11:12:42 UTC 2014

I've extensively searched the list archives and cannot find an answer 
to this.

I get the (apparently well-known) error below when trying to use the 
command "freebsd-update upgrade -r 9.3-RELEASE" on a box (actually
VM) running 9.0-RELEASE (p7).

> "The update metadata is correctly signed, but
> failed an integrity check.
> Cowardly refusing to proceed any further."

All the instances I've seen of this issue pertain to either upgrading 
to 9.x from 8.x or earlier, or upgrading 9.x to 10.0. 

Even though I initially patched to the p7 level of 9.0-RELEASE before 
trying to do this upgrade (using freebsd-update actually, and it 
seemed to work fine for that), I still tried the often-suggested fix 
for the known issue of older versions of freebsd-update not 
recognizing "%" and "@" characters. The result was that there were no 
changes made to the freebsd-update script. (diff says it's identical 
to the existing file)

Anything else I can try?

Here's the sed command:

    sed -i '' -e 's/=_%@_/' /usr/sbin/freebsd-update

Philip J. Koenig                                       
pjklist at
Electric Kahuna Systems -- Computers & Communications for the New 

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