when I try to update my system with freebsd-update, it is always complaining about /boot/kernel/linker.hints that needs to be updated. If I install, then reboot, then fetch again, then install again, this file will always need an update. Is there any reason why it's like this? Can it be related to the ale(4) I manually installed under FreeBSD 7.0 to support my network adapter (Atheros L1E)? The ale(4) is included in 7.1 but not enabled by default in GENERIC. If I compile it manually, will freebsd-update still annoy me like this about linker.hints? Would it be better to ask freebsd-update to ignore the /boot directory (no binaries update) and only check the /usr/src directory for source update, then compile manually the kernel with my custom options for the ale(4) driver?
Here's the output I always get, even after installing the updates.
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[root@headless /home/wildchild]# freebsd-update fetch
Looking up update.FreeBSD.org mirrors... 4 mirrors found.
Fetching metadata signature for 7.0-RELEASE from update4.FreeBSD.org... done.
Fetching metadata index... done.
Inspecting system... done.
Preparing to download files... done.
The following files will be updated as part of updating to 7.0-RELEASE-p8: