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Date:      Fri, 23 Jan 2009 01:14:12 +0000
From:      RW <>
Subject:   Re: Keeping FreeBSD updated (the binary way)
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On Fri, 23 Jan 2009 01:58:13 +0100
Svein Halvor Halvorsen <> wrote:

> Is it possible to pkg_add -r packages from -STABLE on the latest 
> -RELEASE? That is, will the following work, or slowly render my
> system to an incoherent state:
> 1) Regularly run freebsd-update
> 2) Regularly run portsnap
> 3) Set my PACKAGESITE to the -STABLE location
> 4) Regularly run portupgrade -P

It'll work most of the time, but occasionally it will fail, when a
STABLE package relies on a library or other feature that's not in the

A compromise might be to stick to the release packages, until portaudit
reveals a significant vulnerability and then switch to Stable until
the next release. 

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