Freebsd-update to 9.3 from 9.2

Doug Hardie bc979 at
Fri Jul 18 21:37:28 UTC 2014

On 18 July 2014, at 02:02, Andrew Berg <aberg010 at> wrote:

> On 2014.07.18 03:40, Doug Hardie wrote:
>> This gets even more interesting.  Unfortunately I do need to makeworld as sendmail needs SMTP-AUTH and that requires a rebuild.
> Then there is no reason to use freebsd-update at at all.
>> That is the date/time when I did the buildworld/buildkernel.  kern.osrelease and kern.version show the same thing.  So, now I don't know if I am running 9.2, 9.3, or a 9.2 kernel and 9.3 world.  There must be some way to tell.
> The best thing to do since you need to build world and kernel is to just use
> svn and do all updates via source. freebsd-update does nothing for you. Grab a
> completely new copy of the 9.3 source with svn and then build and install it.
> I'd recommend rolling back to whatever you had before the update before doing so.
> freebsd-version may have been backported to 9 with 9.3. If so, you can use it.
> Also, 9.2 kernel with 9.3 world is not likely to be functional since kernels
> have no guarantee of forward-compatibility (9.3 kernel and 9.2 world would
> probably be fine, though).

svn doesn't work either:

svn checkout /usr/src

The latest version of UPDATING I get is from 20130705.  The web repository shows the latest entry as 20140716.  I have used FreeBSD since 2.5.4 and it used to be easy to manage.  Now its virtually impossible.  Complete reinstalls on production systems are just not viable.  We need a working way to upgrade.  I haven't found it yet.

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