[Ukfreebsd] uname -r issue

James O'Gorman james at netinertia.co.uk
Fri Jun 19 23:11:32 BST 2015

On Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 06:46:51AM +0000, O'Connor, Kevin wrote:
> So basically the documentation in the hand book is wrong when it
> states "However, freebsd-update will always update
> /usr/src/sys/conf/newvers.sh. The current patch level, as indicated by
> the -p number reported by uname -r, is obtained from this file". 

I suppose this falls down to semantics.

freebsd-update will update newvers.sh when you have the src components
installed. uname -r does indeed obtain the patch level from that file.

The ambiguity is that freebsd-update updating newvers.sh won't
necessarily affect uname -r if there weren't any kernel updates - or if
you didn't manually recompile the kernel.

Historically (pre-freebsd-update) the userland and kernel were generally
guaranteed to be the same because patching involved recompiling from
source and it was always advised to update kernel and world at the same


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