freebsd-update and sources of 9.1-RC3

Bas Smeelen b.smeelen at
Sun Nov 4 11:23:37 UTC 2012

On 11/04/2012 12:08 PM, jb wrote:
> Bas Smeelen <b.smeelen <at>> writes:
>> ...
>> To file a PR it will require some work to find out exactly what the PR
>> should be about.
>> Since freebsd-update is meant to update the system I don't really see a
>> point to make it install sources (or others things) if they are not
>> present on the system being updated.
>> ...
> Well, that proves my earlier point.

You are right.

> But, you brought up that "StrictComponents yes" option and we have to figure
> out what it means ...

 From looking at the freebsd-update script (it's in /usr/sbin) I 
understand when StrictComponents is set to yes it skips the step, 
inspecting system.... and uses the list provided in freebsd-update.conf, 
so this option might save some time and disk activity.
I don't fully understand what the impact might be when running a custom 

> # When upgrading between releases, should the list of Components be
> # read strictly (StrictComponents yes) or merely as a list of components
> # which *might* be installed of which FreeBSD Update should figure out
> # which actually are installed and upgrade those (StrictComponents no)?
> # StrictComponents no
> The components are:
> Components src world kernel
> Then what gives ? Does it not apply to src component ?
> jb

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