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Date:      Tue, 05 May 2009 20:53:16 +0300
From:      Giorgos Keramidas <>
To:        "Paul Stewart" <>
Subject:   Re: 7.1 to 7.2 upgrade question
Message-ID:  <87ljpbwi5v.fsf@kobe.laptop>
In-Reply-To: <000001c9cd85$afe53b70$0fafb250$@org> (Paul Stewart's message of "Tue, 5 May 2009 09:30:41 -0400")
References:  <000001c9cd85$afe53b70$0fafb250$@org>

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On Tue, 5 May 2009 09:30:41 -0400, "Paul Stewart" <> wrote:
> Hi there.
> As I'm slowly getting used to FreeBSD (again), I recently upgraded
> three boxes to 7.2-RELEASE.  Two of them were running 7.1-RELEASE and
> one was running 7.2-RC2 ..
> Anyways, I used freebsd-update to upgrade - in my previous experiences
> I would have to do a "make world" etc. etc.
> Which method is most preferred - source or binary upgrading?  I don't
> mind source upgrading but is it really necessary anymore if using
> freebsd-update on a regular basis?

If you don't need local patches or a custom kernel, and you can use the
GENERIC kernel configured to match your hardware setup, then it probably
makes a lot of sense to use freebsd-update.  It will usually be much
faster than compiling everything from source.

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