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Date:      Wed, 10 Aug 2011 18:42:58 -0700
From:      Michael Sierchio <kudzu@tenebras.com>
To:        FreeBSD Questions <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Cc:        "Wright, Jonathon Mr CTR US USA USARPAC" <Jonathon.Wright@us.army.mil>
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD supported versions (UNCLASSIFIED)
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On Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 6:21 PM, Daniel Staal <DStaal@usa.net> wrote:
> --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. =A0Like most OSes, en=
d 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 automat=
ic
> checks. =A0You 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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