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Absolute FreeBSD, 2nd Edition by Michael W. Lucas

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Binary Updates

Many operating systems offer binary updates, where users can download new binaries for their operating system. FreeBSD provides a similar program with FreeBSD Update, allowing you to easily upgrade your system along an errata branch. FreeBSD Update does not let you track -stable or -current, only an errata branch. For example, if you installed FreeBSD 7.0, FreeBSD Update will help you upgrade to 7.0-errata but not 7.0-stable or 7.1-release.

FreeBSD Update is designed to be used with standard systems running the GENERIC kernel. If you have upgraded from source, FreeBSD Update is not suitable for your system. Similarly, FreeBSD Update only provides patches to the GENERIC kernel. If you have a custom kernel, you must build updates to ...

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