How do I chase 5.*4* stable?

Chris bsd at
Sat Mar 4 21:45:44 UTC 2006

Hello and thank you for your response.

Quoting Robert Joosten <robertj at>:

> Hi Chris
>> I *thought* I was chasing 5-STABLE using the stable-src-supfile and
>> issuing the following:
>> cvsup -g -L 2 stable-src-supfile
>> with these settings in place:
>> *default release=cvs tag=RELENG_5
>> *default delete use-rel-suffix
>> Combined with the use of the ports-supfile
>> and issuing:
>> cvsup -g -L 2 ports-supfile && portsdb -Uu
>> with these settings in place:
>> *default release=cvs tag=.
>> *default delete use-rel-suffix
> This is stable and correct. Use RELENG_5_4 for the latest bugfixes for
> freebsd 5.4 since it's release.
> Have a look at
> at
> para. 1.7, 1.8 and 1.9 for the freebsd concept of stable and release. I
> know it may seem quite strange at first, or otherwise kinda strange but
> you will get used to it ;-)

I've been with BSD for about 10yrs. and am working from Greg Leheys book.
I'm just trying to confirm that what I *believe* I understand is *actually*
correct. I've been working for *way* too many hours straight and am basically
hoping that I haven't been up for *too* many hours. :) So from what I gather,
I seem to be on the right track to *recreate* and more importantly; *maintain*
a *stable* 5.4 system again. I've *never* ran into any trouble(s) like this
with FreeBSD after all these yrs. I'm running 7 SMP servers on it and have
had no less than 5 for the past 6 yrs. This is my first encounter with this
type of trouble with a machine. So I got a little lax with my backups. Or I
simply would have returned the entire system to a recent state - That'll
teach me. :)

>> How can I chase 5.4-STABLE? Can I just use: *default release=cvs
>> tag=RELENG_5_4
>> in my stable-src-supfile and ports-supfile to accomplish this?
> I recommend RELENG_5_4 for production use indeed.


Thank you again.


> Hth.
> Kind regards,
> Robert Joosten
> <robertj at>

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