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Date:      Wed, 10 Aug 2011 21:21:13 -0400
From:      Daniel Staal <DStaal@usa.net>
To:        "Wright, Jonathon Mr CTR US USA USARPAC" <Jonathon.Wright@us.army.mil>, "'freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.org'" <freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.org>
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD supported versions (UNCLASSIFIED)
Message-ID:  <46F365E4DFD3421A4869B342@mac-pro.magehandbook.com>
In-Reply-To: <55A74C53CF85244A8000286B9B0313FE19534CB154@SCHOENTB1EXMB02.ap.ds.army.mil>
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--As of August 10, 2011 1:26:10 PM -1000, Wright, Jonathon Mr CTR US USA 
USARPAC is alleged to have said:

> How do I know as an admin of my FreeBSD server that the version I am
> running is supported via automated fashion? I'm trying to find a way to
> do this through a script of sorts so that when the date comes, I'm
> alerted that I need to upgrade.
>
> For example on this link: http://www.freebsd.org/security/#sup
> It has a table with dates / versions.
> How can I query this through the ports tree / or other means?

--As for the rest, it is mine.

I don't think there is an automated way to do this.  Like most OSes, end of 
life for a particular version is announced ahead of time, and when it 
occurs, through mailing lists and the media, but there aren't any automatic 
checks.  You can check if there are current patches for your current 
version, but the lack of patches doesn't mean that there necessarily won't 
be some at some future time.

(I actually can't think of _any_ OS that has support for an 'automated' 
check of this sort, besides possibly scraping a web page, which you could 
do with FreeBSD if you wanted.)

Daniel T. Staal

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