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Date:      Fri, 4 Mar 2011 11:10:27 -0800
From:      Jason Helfman <>
To:        Tom Worster <>
Cc:        FreeBSD Questions <>
Subject:   Re: determining freebsd-update status
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On Fri, Mar 04, 2011 at 02:05:15PM -0500, Tom Worster thus spake:
>thanks for the answers, jason. two more questions below.

>On 3/4/11 1:09 PM, "Jason Helfman" <> wrote:
>>On Fri, Mar 04, 2011 at 11:32:11AM -0500, Tom Worster thus spake:
>>>to determine roughly where a server is in its updates (we're running only
>>>RELEASE) i do:
>>>1 - check the 1st 4 fields of the tag file in the freebsd-update working
>>Just because the 1st 4 fields are populated, doesn't necessarily imply it
>>running at that version. The tag is stating what it has recently "seen"
>>available on the update server, but that doesn't mean that those updates
>>have been installed.
>>>2 - check the output of freebsd-update IDS.
>>>is it the case that freebsd-update IDS checks base system status relative
>>>to what's referenced in the tag file?
>>No. The hash index file is pulled from the update server for the
>>release, and your system is compared with that.
>"the installed release" being what exactly?

What the system is running.

>and how does freebsd-update determine what it is?

 From the code, it appears to use `uname -r` and `uname -m`, for release and
architecture, respectively.


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