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Date:      Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:27:37 -0500
From:      Mark Felder <feld@FreeBSD.org>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Bash Shellshock Bug
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On Tue, Sep 30, 2014, at 12:44, Polytropon wrote:
>
> That was my initial fear - the ports infrastructure has
> changed in a way that it probably won't work on older
> versions. Thanks for confirming this fear. So working
> with the ports tree is out of scope, and probably there
> won't be most recent binary packages (for use with pkg_add)
> available...
> 
> So it seems that building from source "off the track"
> might be the only solution here.
> 
> 

FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE has been EoL since July 31, 2012. Were you unaware
that the ports tree will change to use new features and break for EoL
releases? Were you unaware 8.2-RELEASE is completely EoL? Is there
anything the project can do to better communicate these changes and
timelines?

I don't think anyone likes seeing end users stuck in these situations;
your feedback will be appreciated.

FYI -- whatever your're using the server for should* work if you simply
bump the kernel and world to 8.4-RELEASE. If you just go that far you
can use the modern ports tree after converting to pkgng with the pkg2ng
tool.


* Never say never, but anything that ran on older 8.x should run just
fine on newer 8.x. This is not just a goal, but a rule the developers
strive to uphold. If a change broke compatibility it wouldn't be
permitted in a newer RELEASE of the same major version.



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