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Date:      Thu, 25 Apr 2013 04:20:09 +0200
From:      Polytropon <freebsd@edvax.de>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD-update?
Message-ID:  <20130425042009.789b89bd.freebsd@edvax.de>
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On Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:13:56 -0500, Mark Felder wrote:
> The point is that the uname and sysctl output is inaccurate. If the
> latest release is -p6 and the kernel hasn't been touched since -p4, both
> uname and the sysctl only show -p4. It's impossible to tell otherwise
> that the system is really -p6 if you don't have /usr/src/.

The "src" component can be updated using the appropriate entry
in /etc/freebsd-update.conf so the information is there, no
matter if the kernel has been touched or not.

In my opinion, it could be helpful to have a somehow more
precise information about what version of the OS is currently
installed. I suggest having a text file in /etc that contains
the currently installed version, maybe also a SVN revision
number and a date. Updating via freebsd-update should not be
that complicated. Also by updating from source (e. g. when
following -STABLE where no X.Y-pZ version information is
provided) this file could be installed properly. By checking
this file the user could quickly retrieve the required
information in a quickly understandable form.



-- 
Polytropon
Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...



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