Changing release version on source

Kris Kennaway kris at
Thu Mar 9 08:04:57 UTC 2006

On Thu, Mar 09, 2006 at 08:56:58AM +0100, Henri Hennebert wrote:
> Quoting Mike Jakubik <mikej at>:
> >Glenn Dawson wrote:
> >>At 12:06 PM 3/8/2006, you wrote:
> >>>Does anyone know how to change the release version of the source   
> >>>code? I have some brain dead software (Plesk) that insists on   
> >>>FreeBSD 5.3, while it will work just fine on 5.5 and even 6. I am   
> >>>wondering i can change the version of RELENG_5 code so that this   
> >>>software will think its 5.3-R and let me install. I have tried   
> >>>changing the variable in /usr/src/release/Makefile, but that seems  
> >>> to have no effect.
> >>
> >>Take a look at sys/conf/
> >
> >Excellent, thanks! I'm presuming i have to do a full build/install
> >world for this to take effect. Do you think that anything may break
> >because of this manual change, even if i used RELENG_6 code? I will not
> >be installing any ports.
> I would prefer to wrap /usr/bin/uname with a temporary custom version  
> returning
> the disired values.

It already supports this, see the manpage.  The software may not be
using uname(1) to determine kernel version though.

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