I just have a quick question on some of the documentation I have read about FreeBSD and it's ports collection. I read in the handbook that the cvsup tag for the ports-* collection should be ".".

"In particular, use only tag=. for the ports-* collections."

However, when I was reading the ports(7) man page I saw:

"It is possible to download and use ports from the FreeBSD repository that are newer than the installed system; however it is important to install the appropriate ``Upgrade Kit'' from http://www.FreeBSD.org/ports/ first! The portcheckout(1) (ports/devel/portcheckout) script (also a port, of course!) will help to download new ports."

When I went to the webpage that the man page referenced I found a paragraph that stated

"The Ports Collection supports the latest release on the FreeBSD-CURRENT and FreeBSD-STABLE branches. Older releases are not supported and may or may not work correctly with an up-to-date ports collection. Over time, changes to the ports collection may rely on features that are not present in older releases. Wherever convenient, we try not to gratuitously break support for recent releases, but it is sometimes unavoidable. When this occurs, patches contributed by the user community to maintain support for older releases will usually be committed."

My question is should I keep "tag=." in my ports supfile even though I am running the RELENG_6_0 and from my understanding that is different from the -STABLE branch.

Or, am I just mixed up on the branching structure?

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