freebsd-update: following files will be updated ... /usr/share/man/whatis

tonycheed at tonycheed at
Tue Sep 25 21:37:37 UTC 2018


Some time ago I have added this:

@daily	root	freebsd-update cron

to my '/etc/crontab'. (Just in case I miss security, errata etc. 
notification e-mails, I still get the nightly e-mail directly from the 

Ever since then I get a mail every night telling me a new version of 
'whatis' is available (actually, almost every night -- after real 
updates there is silence for a few days):


domain.tld security updates
September 23, 2018 12:44 AM
 From: «Charlie Root» <root at domain.tld>
To: root at domain.tld

Looking up mirrors... 2 mirrors found.
Fetching metadata signature for 10.4-RELEASE from 
Fetching metadata index... done.
Inspecting system... done.
Preparing to download files... done.

The following files will be updated as part of updating to 


Only that file, nothing else, always! Does anyone know what is whatis 
doing here, why and what to do about it?



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