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Date:      Thu, 16 Oct 2014 01:36:46 +0200
From:      Polytropon <>
To:        "William A. Mahaffey III" <>
Cc:        FreeBSD Questions !!!! <>
Subject:   Re: Noob question ....
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On Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:32:45 -0500, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
> As a card-carrying noob to FreeBSD, I have a question .... Recent posts 
> have referred to version 9.3-STABLE of FreeBSD .... My uname output 
> appears below, obviously labeled RELEASE, not STABLE .... How do I 
> 'upgrade' from 9.3-RELEASE to 9.3-STABLE ?

By checking out the required source and rebuilding your
kernel and operating system.

Also see the comment header of /usr/src/Makefile which
provides a short description of the targets and the
updating procedure.

However, you can use freebsd-update to binarily track
security changes for the -RELEASE branch, keeping your
system current. Note that -STABLE is a development branch,
and even though it's stable, there _might_ be problems
with it. The most experimental branch is -CURRENT or -HEAD
from which -STABLE is "distilled", and from that, -RELEASE
is usually being created.

> [wam@kabini1, ~, 3:44:36pm] 404 % uname -a; date
> FreeBSD kabini1.local 9.3-RELEASE FreeBSD 9.3-RELEASE #0 r268512: Thu 
> Jul 10 23:44:39 UTC 2014 
>  amd64
> Wed Oct 15 18:28:06 CDT 2014
> [wam@kabini1, ~, 6:28:06pm] 405 %

That's quite current. I don't think using -STABLE improves
your situation much - except of course you need very "bleeding
edge" features which are not available for -RELEASE yet...

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

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