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Date:      Tue, 22 Mar 2016 14:08:44 -0500
From:      Brandon J. Wandersee <>
To:        Carmel <>
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD and updating to new release
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Carmel writes:

> Once "FreeBSD 11" is officially released, will I be able to update to
> that release with the "freebsd-update" application using the
> "newrelease" option...?

The short answer is "No." The longer answer is a complex one.
First, only -RELEASEs receive binary updates; tracking a development
branch makes using freebsd-update impossible. From the freebsd-update(8)
man page:

|| 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.

You will need to stop pulling updates for your system from the -CURRENT
branch once the code freeze is in effect, delete your local source tree,
check out the source for the releng/11.0 branch (some time durin the
Beta or Release Client phases), and update your system from that, right
up until 11.0 is released. Once 11.0 is actually released you can
perform a final upgrade to it from source, and you should be able to get
binary updates for it from then on.

Be aware, though, that freebsd-update will become obsolete with the
11.0-RELEASE anyway. All binary base system updates for 11.0 onward will
be distributed in a package format compatible with pkg(8). It will still
be possible to update from source, if you find you prefer that in the


::  Brandon J. Wandersee
::  --------------------------------------------------
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