FreeBSD 6.4-RC2 available...

Ken Smith kensmith at cse.Buffalo.EDU
Mon Nov 3 08:57:09 PST 2008

The second Release Candidate for FreeBSD 6.4 is now available.  FreeBSD
6.4-RC2 should be the last of the public test builds for the FreeBSD 6.4
release cycle.  Unless a big show-stopper is found from this round of
testing we should begin the 6.4-RELEASE builds in about a week and a
half.  We encourage you to test out 6.4-RC2 and report any problems by
submitting PRs or via email to the freebsd-stable list.

One of the things that could use some testing is the late-arriving
patches to sysinstall that should eliminate the excessive disc swapping
that previous releases had if things like gnome or kde were installed as
part of the initial CDROM install.  Things selected before you reach the
"Package Selection Menu" are handled as separate passes from the things
that get selected at that menu.  So depending on what you install before
you reach that menu (e.g. Xorg selected as part of the distributions)
and what you select at that menu there may still be some disc swapping
involved.  But "worst case" given the current layout it should ask for
any given disc no more than twice.

For amd64 and i386 DVD images are also available.  The DVD images
include the install bits, livefs, docs, and the same set of packages
that are available on the CDROMs all in one image.  So, you can choose
to download/burn the DVD image to a DVD, or you can choose to
download/burn the three CDROM-sized discs and use those.

The ISO images and FTP install trees are available on the FreeBSD Mirror
sites.  Using the primary site as an example:${arch}/ISO-IMAGES/6.4/

where ${arch} is one of alpha, amd64, i386, pc98, or sparc64.  Checksums
for the ISO images are at the bottom of this message.  The amd64 and
i386 sets include what should be the final selection of packages that
will be included with the release.

If you would like to do a source-based update to 6.4-RC2 from an already
installed machine you can update your tree to RELENG_6_4 using normal
cvsup/csup methods.  Note that as a somewhat inconvenient side-effect of
the primary FreeBSD source repository now being in SVN the creation of
the RELENG_6_4 branch in the CVS repository wound up checking in a "new"
version of every file, in some cases only changing the FBSDID.  That
will probably make mergemaster a bit tedious.  Sorry for the

The freebsd-update(8) utility supports binary upgrades of i386 and amd64
systems running earlier FreeBSD releases.  Systems running 6.3-RELEASE,
6.4-BETA, or 6.4-RC1 can upgrade as follows:

# freebsd-update upgrade -r 6.4-RC2
During this process, FreeBSD Update may ask the user to help by merging
some configuration files or by confirming that the automatically performed
merging was done correctly.

# freebsd-update install
The system must be rebooted with the newly installed kernel before continuing.
# shutdown -r now

After rebooting, freebsd-update neews to be run again to install the new
userland components, and the system needs to be rebooted again:
# freebsd-update install
# shutdown -r now

Note that FreeBSD Update stores downloaded upgrades in /var/db/freebsd-update,
so at least 400MB should be free in /var before running freebsd-update; if
the /var partition is too small, the -d option to freebsd-update can be used
to indicate that the upgrades should be stored in a different directory.


MD5 (6.4-RC2-alpha-bootonly.iso) = 0c1a10fcb84e4bcc7efbd7c843726f34
MD5 (6.4-RC2-alpha-disc1.iso) = af9ec02034b7d9833f1af9d2fafbfa38
MD5 (6.4-RC2-alpha-disc2.iso) = 80d7e1cf89be3f88af1b99fbbc48e27f
MD5 (6.4-RC2-alpha-disc3.iso) = 693e09dafa19e995303c02970e13acb3
MD5 (6.4-RC2-alpha-docs.iso) = 671a1f48159b63df0decc011d91f9772

MD5 (6.4-RC2-amd64-bootonly.iso) = 67da9f580f8b33762c07c2a85a621534
MD5 (6.4-RC2-amd64-disc1.iso) = ffab4610c8fb807496b289237000aa93
MD5 (6.4-RC2-amd64-disc2.iso) = d1496e78dbb60d4e9210191fd3d57e76
MD5 (6.4-RC2-amd64-disc3.iso) = 708a0d328be5bfd3deb2ac35986aadee
MD5 (6.4-RC2-amd64-docs.iso) = 08588036702646adbe81f78c3bcafdaa
MD5 (6.4-RC2-amd64-dvd1.iso) = 2c2dcc94097aaeec1c7a50101236e2bf

MD5 (6.4-RC2-i386-bootonly.iso) = 7ed7b049d14eb170c2d4c044312bccef
MD5 (6.4-RC2-i386-disc1.iso) = d114cdad5502bff3e8182ddd42d81ab3
MD5 (6.4-RC2-i386-disc2.iso) = c0cbbfcb2a2f2d81974a33c85e242155
MD5 (6.4-RC2-i386-disc3.iso) = cbff7482228883da14f1f85070a89422
MD5 (6.4-RC2-i386-docs.iso) = 4663810144153a21aad6c81768af7358
MD5 (6.4-RC2-i386-dvd1.iso) = 1d3608538d8476c8df64d8e91a03aa22

MD5 (6.4-RC2-pc98-bootonly.iso) = a059b9178c0d985ed729a2d33a1d1577
MD5 (6.4-RC2-pc98-disc1.iso) = b1508c34d2f595ea44c446be1e989c57

MD5 (6.4-RC2-sparc64-bootonly.iso) = 1311e40fb9ccc786994098444d1e18f0
MD5 (6.4-RC2-sparc64-disc1.iso) = 45b629d802f16a73f13e77e70c2f0bfc
MD5 (6.4-RC2-sparc64-disc2.iso) = ddd1d1ad89cf51eac2e5fc2acdfadadc
MD5 (6.4-RC2-sparc64-disc3.iso) = a348d7a193d5f07c8ff11ac8f0d5e478
MD5 (6.4-RC2-sparc64-docs.iso) = 4a3f9d15c149d98096fb9224a1b338c6

SHA256 (6.4-RC2-alpha-bootonly.iso) = c1b4aff4134572bd8c0d8c743730fc026f45fccb4a3b15b88d2c706913dd5815
SHA256 (6.4-RC2-alpha-disc1.iso) = dbb29cfd589fb60faf881c94359d68354f9b9e302eb6660100e6ae8e5defd228
SHA256 (6.4-RC2-alpha-disc2.iso) = dd9c8680def3d883454ebcb4ec27ebef294b305641651fb32b283694be256404
SHA256 (6.4-RC2-alpha-disc3.iso) = 09c62551c83c1e15c943c684ac7f2abc3aae7d2038a8678ad65d7378f4180637
SHA256 (6.4-RC2-alpha-docs.iso) = 20164ab985f2969da8279476a4f50dc7390194634a3a077a0bafa14ab8d308d4

SHA256 (6.4-RC2-amd64-bootonly.iso) = 7a9942711c78216123c6579777db2270b18519c35ef4961ef8127ed690b1008f
SHA256 (6.4-RC2-amd64-disc1.iso) = fdbb5975f2319c7bc27d6897cb98d20777e9f99203341e46a54da36618ff5c7a
SHA256 (6.4-RC2-amd64-disc2.iso) = b1cf88187df4293b5b1c952d9f2f8ec4ed2d9bb1d1ab79c284686593389b5802
SHA256 (6.4-RC2-amd64-disc3.iso) = 451b67b617e1112ce2678b7de6d805fef778b389fc2cf474a4ca7ec8f9139b0a
SHA256 (6.4-RC2-amd64-docs.iso) = 2d7e71caa30a3a5de987a9d504eb6357124c844c5c596700e23d80dcc9cff06d
SHA256 (6.4-RC2-amd64-dvd1.iso) = d7c8600752d57c1787b3ac74a50e4ce110648fc441f4210bf4569f3e6caef3ce

SHA256 (6.4-RC2-i386-bootonly.iso) = 2167b136f46b77cc12b75914c388d8f15609b997fe17f5bf0beaadfc7ad92fa2
SHA256 (6.4-RC2-i386-disc1.iso) = abebefde3cdddfd234f04c632ee09162f12cfafda4bab655e18727d5d50a9616
SHA256 (6.4-RC2-i386-disc2.iso) = 446275afd27dc256bec7857a7455dc8add04fe9f65dfc6f8040cfe68d9633f63
SHA256 (6.4-RC2-i386-disc3.iso) = ddb155aa3961dae9f5ec1d694eed3eec81ad069105e539040fc00c5ce3956986
SHA256 (6.4-RC2-i386-docs.iso) = dd1fb03fbe8f1c190666373fa3bc14200aa8b2558ac4220d4568a588c2bb19ae
SHA256 (6.4-RC2-i386-dvd1.iso) = f95d924ed4f03caf40ff9c11cf7b06fcb69752a2aeda25d34a3bf78adea689fc

SHA256 (6.4-RC2-pc98-bootonly.iso) = 9087809da5db4ef92ba120d2f0fa0167ca54d70e59bc49289c6fc49529e9bdb3
SHA256 (6.4-RC2-pc98-disc1.iso) = f0243d19cba1db9198c7d299b77025f1ffba0fdc95a5cab24346e90129a3b6ae

SHA256 (6.4-RC2-sparc64-bootonly.iso) = f1613840cb3190125952dd4ede0388a6add03b31dce5e092d0b7c30d9c439e67
SHA256 (6.4-RC2-sparc64-disc1.iso) = 32281bfa09ccf02fe7fa5e82f8b92951f388ef40f5d77ef25603485675f9c75c
SHA256 (6.4-RC2-sparc64-disc2.iso) = 20b965b9301eff26470248e13e3f946cc351e50871c45031622f37c0efd9317b
SHA256 (6.4-RC2-sparc64-disc3.iso) = b5c7fd70ba2fcd7e16effd9e9c7fd645b74bbd899249d392c78321990e84097b
SHA256 (6.4-RC2-sparc64-docs.iso) = 139c3219f6ed001cda98199456122f12852ead59b0e4cc739d1dcb50b62e7c3e

                                                Ken Smith
- From there to here, from here to      |       kensmith at
  there, funny things are everywhere.   |
                      - Theodore Geisel |

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