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Date:      Sun, 25 Nov 2012 13:37:03 +0100
From:      Polytropon <>
To:        Karl Pielorz <>
Subject:   Re: freebsd-update - To 'Stable'?
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On Sun, 25 Nov 2012 12:06:06 +0000, Karl Pielorz wrote:
> --On 22 November 2012 17:41 +0100 Polytropon <> wrote:
> >> I'm looking at switching to 'freebsd-update' - is there an equivalent
> >> way  to get it to update me to '-STABLE'?
> >
> > No. The freebsd-update program can only be used to follow
> > the RELEASE branch, plus the security updates (RELEASE-pN).
> > Following STABLE branch still requires you to update by
> > source.
> Ok, as csup is 'deprecated' - I guess what I need to do is move over to 
> Subversion instead?

Sadly, yes. There still is no csup-equivalent (efficient and
fast implementation distributed with the base OS) provided yet.
And it's not just about "being provided with the OS", but also
about nice integration (like /etc/sup/* config files or the
option to simply "make update").

> - As 'freebsd-update' is only going to get me release + 
> security (-pX), not 'stable'.

Correct. You _can_ use this to compile your own non-GENERIC
kernel, but it will always have the "pre-STABLE" content,
just as the rest of /usr/src.

> At the moment we have a local host that has the entire FreeBSD source tree 
> on it - so we can just 'cherry pick' versions we need to update - I'd guess 
> / hope a similar setup is possible, but with Subversion...

It should be possible, as the functionality of CVS and SVN can
be seen as quite comparable.

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