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Date:      Wed, 10 Aug 2011 15:22:29 -1000
From:      "Wright, Jonathon Mr CTR US USA USARPAC" <Jonathon.Wright@us.army.mil>
To:        "'freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.org'" <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   RE: FreeBSD supported versions (UNCLASSIFIED)
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Agreed,=20

Just thought it never hurt to ask. You never know.=20
Thanks again for the support.=20

Jonathon



Jonathon Wright   CISSP, MSIS, SSCP, BSIT
RCERT PACIFIC - Architecture Cell
Contractor, Quantum Research=20
(808) 438-1094


-----Original Message-----
From: Daniel Staal [mailto:DStaal@usa.net]=20
Sent: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:21 PM
To: Wright, Jonathon Mr CTR US USA USARPAC; 'freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.org'
Subject: Re: FreeBSD supported versions (UNCLASSIFIED)

--As of August 10, 2011 1:26:10 PM -1000, Wright, Jonathon Mr CTR US USA US=
ARPAC is alleged to have said:

> How do I know as an admin of my FreeBSD server that the version I am=20
> running is supported via automated fashion? I'm trying to find a way=20
> to do this through a script of sorts so that when the date comes, I'm=20
> 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 occu=
rs, through mailing lists and the media, but there aren't any automatic che=
cks.  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 a=
t some future time.

(I actually can't think of _any_ OS that has support for an 'automated'=20
check of this sort, besides possibly scraping a web page, which you could d=
o with FreeBSD if you wanted.)

Daniel T. Staal

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