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freebsd-update

Brutanas

Member

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#1
Hello,

I have installed FreeBSD 11.1-STABLE
Can I use freebsd-update fetch ? or is just to upgrade in case of RELEASE ?

Thanks.
 

Minbari

Active Member

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#4
The freebsd-update tool is used to fetch, install, and rollback binary
updates to the FreeBSD base system. Note that updates are only available
if they are being built for the FreeBSD release and architecture being
used; in particular, the FreeBSD Security Team only builds updates for
releases shipped in binary form by the FreeBSD Release Engineering Team,
e.g., FreeBSD 9.3-RELEASE and FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE, but not FreeBSD
9.3-STABLE or FreeBSD 11-CURRENT.
 

ShelLuser

Son of Beastie

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#6
STABLE isn't really a stable environment but a "less than bleeding edge" developer snapshot. If you want the regular experience (such as freebsd-update) you're much better off using RELEASE.

The other aspect to keep in mind is that because STABLE is a developer snapshot the risk of running into bugs is much higher. Therefor it's really advisable not to use it unless you have a broad and basic understanding of some of the FreeBSD inner workings.
 
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