8.0-BETA4 Available

Ken Smith kensmith at buffalo.edu
Mon Sep 7 14:44:30 UTC 2009

The fourth and most likely final BETA build for the FreeBSD 8.0 release
cycle is now available.  We expect the next test build to be the first
if the Release Candidates, RC1.  Since BETA3 many bugs that were
identified from testing done so far were addressed.  Some of the bigger
issues were an mbuf leak along with work done in the general IPv6, jail,
and usb subsystems.  Issues in other areas have been addressed as well.

Due to the issues identified in this early phase of testing the schedule
for release has been pushed back.  The current target for the release
itself is September 29th, with two RC builds between now and then.
Details about the current target schedule along with much more detail
about the current status of the release is available here:


If you notice problems you can report them through the normal Gnats PR
system or on the freebsd-current mailing list.  I do cross-post
announcements to freebsd-stable because this particular release is
"about to become a stable branch" but when it comes to watching for
issues related to the release most of the developers pay more attention
to the freebsd-current list.

ISO images for all supported architectures are available on the FTP
sites, (sparc64 was uploaded a short time ago and may not be available
on some sites yet) and a "memory stick" image is available for
amd64/i386 architectures.  For amd64/i386 architectures the cdrom and
memstick images include the documentation packages this time but no
other packages.  The DVD image includes a first rough pass at what
packages will be available but the list will certainly change between
now and release.  None of the other images include packages.

If you are using csup/cvsup methods to update an older system the branch
tag to use is RELENG_8.

The freebsd-update(8) utility supports binary upgrades of i386 and amd64
systems running earlier FreeBSD releases. Systems running 7.0-RELEASE,
7.1-RELEASE, 7.2-RELEASE, 8.0-BETA1, 8.0-BETA2, or 8.0-BETA3 can upgrade
as follows:
# freebsd-update upgrade -r 8.0-BETA4
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.  Systems running 8.0-BETA3 may
print the warning

	INDEX-OLD.all: Invalid arguments

when downloading updates; this warning is a harmless bug (fixed in
8.0-BETA4) and can be safely ignored.

# freebsd-update install
The system must be rebooted with the newly installed kernel before continuing.
# shutdown -r now
After rebooting, freebsd-update needs to be run again to install the new
userland components:

# freebsd-update install
At this point, users of systems being upgraded from FreeBSD 7.x will be
prompted by freebsd-update to rebuild all third-party applications
(e.g., ports installed from the ports tree) due to updates in system
libraries.  See:


for mode details.  After updating installed third-party applications
(and again, only if freebsd-update printed a message indicating that
this was necessary), run freebsd-update again so that it can delete the
old (no longer used) system libraries:

# freebsd-update install
Finally, reboot into 8.0-BETA4:
# shutdown -r now

MD5/SHA256 checksums for the image files:

MD5 (8.0-BETA4-amd64-bootonly.iso) = 4215023f0492e959be3c643fef44d448
MD5 (8.0-BETA4-amd64-disc1.iso) = f767d33bbaa0af665e33992c1f43cc39
MD5 (8.0-BETA4-amd64-dvd1.iso) = ac66ea49d75908607c0fe984f88b7a50
MD5 (8.0-BETA4-amd64-livefs.iso) = ead1d6a75cce81a24d3d3b8f0cbc8faf
MD5 (8.0-BETA4-amd64-memstick.img) = 69629e60befe708b4373871af23d61a3

MD5 (8.0-BETA4-i386-bootonly.iso) = db2e16a1a807d124a693743ca7a75992
MD5 (8.0-BETA4-i386-disc1.iso) = 30508ce737aa29d0fe2baf2f450ddc83
MD5 (8.0-BETA4-i386-dvd1.iso) = 307b28a35bcfbb547ce3afbbad051e89
MD5 (8.0-BETA4-i386-livefs.iso) = d65f152bfbd62ea5e3c2e1858bbb89ee
MD5 (8.0-BETA4-i386-memstick.img) = 5d262034175abd24b27ec7110ebd88a7

MD5 (8.0-BETA4-ia64-bootonly.iso) = 5147bd2c2dba2a72ec7f36eb8af0ccb6
MD5 (8.0-BETA4-ia64-disc1.iso) = 4da8a10c19c6642175a13aacf5fbf996
MD5 (8.0-BETA4-ia64-disc2.iso) = 895fca6034ecec7afb99878dbc93ded9
MD5 (8.0-BETA4-ia64-disc3.iso) = 49e440ad63251033bc154b35a48b379e
MD5 (8.0-BETA4-ia64-dvd1.iso) = 52350dd2bd330fa58271819cb82c5e79
MD5 (8.0-BETA4-ia64-livefs.iso) = 93018d3777f360780272188a4473dda5

MD5 (8.0-BETA4-pc98-bootonly.iso) = 3c1340312e19f5a14c46fbce001fbafa
MD5 (8.0-BETA4-pc98-disc1.iso) = 495674329c64d6d60b0d41f0922ac20a
MD5 (8.0-BETA4-pc98-livefs.iso) = ede97f44cbf9c0205ca0b50b0b7900b9

MD5 (8.0-BETA4-powerpc-bootonly.iso) = 71deda0e81c1bfa1c232e85aec7b5852
MD5 (8.0-BETA4-powerpc-disc1.iso) = cb437fe6c588035492d30a4c9a4ec7f9
MD5 (8.0-BETA4-powerpc-disc2.iso) = 2c59a9fcf633c64fe9462967bbd14a93
MD5 (8.0-BETA4-powerpc-disc3.iso) = fb2d9d5a59518d30c28c8454bdf66ed4

MD5 (8.0-BETA4-sparc64-bootonly.iso) = e2cc9393e0b596acdb36a8b07fbc480e
MD5 (8.0-BETA4-sparc64-disc1.iso) = 706f2e57ff1502ccaac37dd4571d898a
MD5 (8.0-BETA4-sparc64-dvd1.iso) = 9ac3509c8731874ae20009f170daf0e7

SHA256 (8.0-BETA4-amd64-bootonly.iso) = 3b4a1b964f64e68609f8010e43145c7a757c352e62b2b8128dff3947f08c330b
SHA256 (8.0-BETA4-amd64-disc1.iso) = e42cb6a4d46fcc924615949fe9da4217f9c824e4c30fb6371787e28d5ec50ff8
SHA256 (8.0-BETA4-amd64-dvd1.iso) = 61bb39599c2b2b76de0643d677702683c4274901dbaaa3944b3a419402046dcf
SHA256 (8.0-BETA4-amd64-livefs.iso) = f6b9fc2bfe74bb7bc730fa6786af09e4cca8d92a812ee1968283dff3eb6adc48
SHA256 (8.0-BETA4-amd64-memstick.img) = a930e419bed019114ddcf5833b3af1950f4ef32444bb02b1b84e84d91c754bda

SHA256 (8.0-BETA4-i386-bootonly.iso) = c2adde76995cbc25ac16afb2c4cb46686df54435f64e98ae4701908f024a0102
SHA256 (8.0-BETA4-i386-disc1.iso) = 0bbee2a9ffd4c00070cae001652037c8b194502dfc1a35c3ac0da1172c26bfdd
SHA256 (8.0-BETA4-i386-dvd1.iso) = 4dcd81040e977ff2f6c30aae04497416c2aec9eb8d4a5ac0dab6f2cd965bfaee
SHA256 (8.0-BETA4-i386-livefs.iso) = fac4c8c08698c30801f4555d5127c8bb5d786d6bebe164fd27e66bea737526bf
SHA256 (8.0-BETA4-i386-memstick.img) = 4a39d259b18f8d900a7bfc1878ed6ac4fda82812e13999da0265976eb1ba15e8

SHA256 (8.0-BETA4-ia64-bootonly.iso) = 5688b9c8bf13337835b2dce2fa7d6fb0ea17d397e927ef770d097a6728c8db23
SHA256 (8.0-BETA4-ia64-disc1.iso) = 33ddac157f6529bb31388d8c4ffdfb4824c989c0c0d843ecec071eb67ea36786
SHA256 (8.0-BETA4-ia64-disc2.iso) = ae71fd5d8d29666fa15689ddd8ffd45e3b6d354af9e1cb96b5a62280b452cbe5
SHA256 (8.0-BETA4-ia64-disc3.iso) = 330b43e5f81887de948257db46ed407a5c5a94c09e6d41155159e0617c0be53e
SHA256 (8.0-BETA4-ia64-dvd1.iso) = 4324c3c08d625b92942424a1c6e14085593ee62237ddd4f2eac2f35d7fb0f27b
SHA256 (8.0-BETA4-ia64-livefs.iso) = 860cad096ef74efa534bae3642dff5ec545ed47faa21a6cd65b197b12827885d

SHA256 (8.0-BETA4-pc98-bootonly.iso) = 0ce882dd48863f2f4180cbdf5f17ff595d7942bf7ac84029adef27a65b1b5481
SHA256 (8.0-BETA4-pc98-disc1.iso) = 4815a84ef0e834d3d57f7420c1f25ff93d0e3b698cc6eecee8b587f9896edd01
SHA256 (8.0-BETA4-pc98-livefs.iso) = cb6ea4a931551c2220c739d66f05c120926a7c2650373fc72770a25ea5e10a3d

SHA256 (8.0-BETA4-powerpc-bootonly.iso) = 6f97a8c061065661996e6efdad45bbbaaafc2e8f80717fa845b2bc3ae14d7212
SHA256 (8.0-BETA4-powerpc-disc1.iso) = 9b1fb4af1a9a53e5723fdfd897d8a57a4e815ada22637285b7360d24f512290c
SHA256 (8.0-BETA4-powerpc-disc2.iso) = 8e82ccaca6673cb3177870748ffdcb891fb16904eacd98822cca31f9888656ae
SHA256 (8.0-BETA4-powerpc-disc3.iso) = 651561d9021d5c68f266f21d6df31c87fec1368a428492274177810ea1333c3c

SHA256 (8.0-BETA4-sparc64-bootonly.iso) = 35dd8a303df41cb7ca744c37aee104e18f441967a14a3c9eb36bc4bcaf78c01b
SHA256 (8.0-BETA4-sparc64-disc1.iso) = 1d5ab4e67225a8640c9200424a140fff003203ab5edb855172d7030130974529
SHA256 (8.0-BETA4-sparc64-dvd1.iso) = 59ab2cca0fa637e9ef5007117f1005570c102cf4665009c6021992dd1b8bd77b

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

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