How to identify FreeBSD version on a different partition?

Jack L. xxjack12xx at
Mon May 8 07:42:21 UTC 2017

I can get my current booted system with

% strings /boot/kernel/kernel|tail
@(#)FreeBSD 11.0-STABLE #0 r317545: Thu Apr 27 23:54:19 PDT 2017
FreeBSD 11.0-STABLE #0 r317545: Thu Apr 27 23:54:19 PDT 2017
    jack at
FreeBSD clang version 4.0.0 (tags/RELEASE_400/final 297347) (based on
LLVM 4.0.0)

On Sun, May 7, 2017 at 11:29 PM, Thomas Mueller <mueller6722 at> wrote:
> Is there any way to identify the version of a FreeBSD installation when booted to a different FreeBSD or NetBSD installation?
> With NetBSD, I can look under /<NetBSD-root-partition>/stand , always see i386 or amd64, but I don't see anything so good or dependable with FreeBSD.
> /etc/motd doesn't always show this information.
> uname only shows the actively running version.
> In my case, I use UFS and GPT, so FreeBSD and NetBSD can read each other's partitions with no disklabel incompatibilities.
> Tom
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