getting the running patch level

Károly Arnhoffer karoly.arnhoffer at
Thu Aug 9 11:44:45 UTC 2012


As I can remember 
# uname -a
provides this information.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-freebsd-security at [mailto:owner-freebsd-security at] On Behalf Of Roberto
Sent: Thursday, August 09, 2012 11:44 AM
To: freebsd-security at
Subject: getting the running patch level

Hi all,
I would like to know if there is a command or a way to retrieve the "patch level" (the handbook defines it "builds names" like 7.0-RELEASE-p1) of the running system: just an example, if I run:

# freebsd-update fetch
No updates needed to update system to 9.0-RELEASE-p4

The following files will be updated as part of updating to 9.0-RELEASE-p4:

but this give me no info about the current system; I tried a brief search in config file but no luck;

again the question is:
is there a way to determine for a running server which "patch level" is currently at ?


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