freebsd-update's "Fetching patches" phase?

Matthew Seaman matthew at
Sat Aug 13 14:25:18 UTC 2016

On 13/08/2016 14:38, Vlad K. wrote:
>> That's where the updates are downloaded.
> Yes, but I mean specifically the patches, since this is binary upgrade,
> and is followed by "Fetching files" of equally large number of them.

With freebsd-update, each of those patches is either a replacement file,
or a binary patch to transform the old version of a file to the new
version.  For some updates, which will require updating most of the
files on the system, yes, this will require downloading a large number
of pretty small items, which does require the ability to pipeline HTTP
requests for decent efficiency.

Not sure why you're getting so many 404s for your update from 11.0-BETA4
to 11.0-RC1 -- probably I'd give it a day or so and then try again.


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