getting the running patch level

cronfy cronfy at
Thu Aug 9 15:02:58 UTC 2012

>> 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
>> or:
>> ...
>> 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 ?
> uname -a

Unfortunately there is no trivial way. uname -a will show you correct
patch level only if kernel was changed at this patch level.

So the only way is to see what updates freebsd-update offers to you
and try to guess, on which patch level you are on now.

Олег Петрачев

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