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Date:      Tue, 3 Feb 2009 13:51:21 +0000
From:      RW <rwmaillists@googlemail.com>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Patching / Updating / Upgrading
Message-ID:  <20090203135121.1ade28b7@gumby.homeunix.com>
In-Reply-To: <498854F6.1389.2357B958@d.forsyth.ru.ac.za>
References:  <498854F6.1389.2357B958@d.forsyth.ru.ac.za>

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On Tue, 03 Feb 2009 14:30:14 +0200
"DA Forsyth" <d.forsyth@ru.ac.za> wrote:


> use RELEASE for a production server, STABLE on a desktop or test 
> machine.  IMHO

I'd say follow what it says in the handbook and use a release unless you
have a good reason to use stable, such as support for a particular
piece of hardware. 

If you use stable then every time you update for an advisory, you may
pick-up new features, which means you should pay as much attention as
you would with 7.0 -> 7.1. With point releases you are only getting
minor patches, so there is no need for mergemaster. I just run a single
script that does the full update. 

Also you can't use freebsd-update with stable.




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