Will 5.4 be an "Extended Life" release?

Colin Percival cperciva at freebsd.org
Mon Apr 18 10:24:33 PDT 2005

Brett Glass wrote:
> Actually, it tends not to recognize it at all. If the string doesn't
> say "4.11-RELEASE", the software reports that ports, packages, etc.
> can't be found. Try installing packages with /stand/sysinstall on
> a snapshot and you'll see what I mean. Colin's "FreeBSD-update" seems
> to exhibit similar behavior.

FreeBSD Update will complain if it isn't foo-RELEASE or foo-SECURITY.  I
added this because some people were running FreeBSD Update on -STABLE or
-CURRENT systems and getting, err, unanticipated breakage.  (Consider what
happens when you "update" a 5.0-current system by replacing its libc.so
with one from a fully security-patched 5.0-release system.)

I usually choose to allow users to shoot their own feet if they want, but
since I wrote FreeBSD Update primarily for the benefit of less experienced
FreeBSD users I decided that some anti-foot-shooting mechanisms were a
good idea.

Colin Percival

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