PRs included in release
bc979 at lafn.org
Sat Jun 7 22:04:17 UTC 2014
I encountered what I thought was an unusual situation, although it just may be that I don't understand something. I have a system that was originally installed 9.2 Release. It wouldn't find the NIC and hence couldn't work. Someone here told me I needed to get the patches from a couple PRs and install them and the NIC would work. This was about a year ago. As they indicated, those patches fixed the problem and the system has worked properly ever since.
However, there are a number of security fixes that have been issued for 9.0 and I was really hesitant to upgrade (freebsd-update) as I suspected that there would be an issue with those patches not being included. Anyway, I decided to try the update and sure enough on reboot the NIC didn't get recognized or configured. Fortunately freebsd-update include a very handy rollback function that does exactly what I expected. I was down for only a few minutes.
The question then becomes how do I know if the patches for a specific PR are included in a security release? I am guessing that those patches will be included in 9.3, but I would like some way to check before attempting an update. Most of my systems do not have the system source as I try to use generic kernels wherever possible. Freebsd-update is much more convenient than a complete system rebuild.
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