freebsd-update questions

Andrew Gould andrewlylegould at
Mon Jan 12 18:27:16 UTC 2015

On Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 1:40 AM, Matthew Seaman <
m.seaman at> wrote:

> On 12/01/2015 04:08, Andrew Gould wrote:
> > I ran 'freebsd-update fetch', but forgot to run 'freebsd-update install'.
> > Later, I decided to upgrade, to 10.1, so I ran 'freebsd-update -r
> > 10.1-RELEASE upgrade'.  So now I have fetched an update and an upgrade.
> > What will happen if I run 'freebsd-update install'?
> >
> > Is there a way to delete what has been fetched and start over?
> Yeah.  'freebsd-update fetch' or 'freebsd-update -r X.Y-RELEASE upgrade'
> prepare a set of patches to install in order to effect an update.  If
> you run one of them but then subsequently omit the 'freebsd-update
> install' step, then run either of those commands again, if the target
> version has changed in the mean time (flipping between 'fetch' and
> 'upgrade' counts), it will download a new set of patches to update the
> installed system to the new desired version.  This will take advantage
> of any patches already downloaded and sitting in freebsd-update's cache,
> but otherwise it recreates the update job from scratch.  It will ignore
> any patches not relevant to the update you requested.
> So the way you start over is to rerun your 'fetch' or 'upgrade' command,
> but only if there are new patches to download.
>         Cheers,
>         Matthew
> --
> Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil.
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> JID: matthew at <matthew at>

Does anyone have a link to documentation that shows how to deal with
merging configuration files in upgrading via freebsd-update?  The online
manual mentions the topic but doesn't provide much guidance.



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