FreeBSD and updating to new release

Brandon J. Wandersee brandon.wandersee at
Wed Mar 23 04:35:58 UTC 2016

Carmel writes:

> Are you saying that I could use pkg(8) to update the system to
> whatever the final release of FreeBSD 11 is?

Development branches *must be updated from source.* Once you've
completely updated your system to 11.0-RELEASE from source you can
perform binary updates.

But 10.3 is the last version to use freebsd-update anyway. I was just
making note of that---you can't use freebsd-update to move to or from a
development branch, but even if you could in the past you wouldn't now,
because it will no longer be available from 11.0 onward. pkg(8) will be
used instead, and still only from a numbered -RELEASE.

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