Where are patch releases to 12.0 posted/announced/...?

Arthur Chance freebsd at qeng-ho.org
Tue Jun 18 06:57:14 UTC 2019

On 17/06/2019 19:06, George Hartzell wrote:
> Is there a way to know, before fetching updates, whether a system is
> up to date (or what the current patch level is for a release)?
> E.g.  I have a system that I installed from the 12.0 release iso and
> I've run through the `freebsd-uppdate {fetch,install}` dance a couple
> of times.  It now reports itself as this:
> ```
> FreeBSD foo.example.com 12.0-RELEASE-p4 FreeBSD 12.0-RELEASE-p4
> GENERIC  amd64
> ```
> I'm not sure if it's up to date or not.
> In the past I've run `freebsd-update fetch` and examined the output to
> decide if I need to `freebsd-update install`.  If I postpone the
> install (scheduling a convenient time), I always feel a bit awkward,
> having an update fetched and sitting there.  The only rational reason
> for the feeling is worrying what would happen if another update was
> release before I got this one installed.  And, perhaps I'm just a neat
> freak...
> Is there a page somewhere that lists the current patch releases of
> the current versions?
> I've checked:
> - the releases page: https://www.freebsd.org/releases
> - the 12.0 errata page: https://www.freebsd.org/releases/12.0R/errata.html
> - the `freebsd-announce`:
>   https://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-announce/) list, which
>   has messages about individual issues, but I don't see release
>   announcements.
> I feel like I'm missing something obvious, but....

I subscribe to the freebsd-security mailing list. Any mail on that lists
the problem and which patch level fixes it, which is invariably at least
one higher than my current one.

What do we want?
A time machine!
When do we want it?
Errm ...

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