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Old 30th January 2022
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Question Question about freebsd-upgrade


Earlier today I tried to enter the classic upgrade command "freebsd-upgrade" and I got an unexpected response. Well, it was unexpected to me. It may be standard procedure for all I know. But the specifics:

:] freebsd-update fetch

    src component not installed, skipped
    freebsd-update: Cannot upgrade from a version that is not a release
    (including alpha, beta and release candidates)
    using freebsd-update. Instead, FreeBSD can be directly
    upgraded by source or upgraded to a RELEASE/RELENG version
    prior to running freebsd-update.
    Currently running: 13.0-STABLE
It sounds like my version of FreeBSD, a "stable" version, isn't liked by this command. Is that true? And if so, what should I plan on doing?

I thought "stable" versions were considered Okay. What the heck? Anyway, I don't know if anything is my system needs upgrading or updating today and now, but sooner or later it will. So I thought I would inquire.

Thanks in advance,
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Old 8th February 2022
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No, STABLE is sort of a work in progress. Fred Cash wrote a good description of the differences and let me put it up on my site at https://srobb.net/release.html

Even though it's for much older versions, the descriptions are still accurate. The freebsd-update program only works with RELEASE.
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Old 23rd October 2023
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Thank you for posting that link I really found it quite helpful because even though I do consider myself some what of an authority on FreeBSD. I'm always open to both admitting that the prior attitude doesn't get you really far and that if I claim to be a life long learner and close my mind to other peoples perspective and approaches no one will want to be around me weather electronic or in person and I'll be a very lonely person.
Kindly You Buddy,

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