I'm preparing to apply all the recent updates to the production
servers I have on 6.1 R P6 tomorrow morning and want to make certain
I fully update the servers with the window of I have. I'll cvsup,
build and install world and kernel through the normal process. What
I've been doing is then running portsnap fetch update to apply
patches to the ports. In doing so, I've not seen recompilations take
place and remained somewhat fuzzy as to whether I was merely
retrieving snapshots of source for whatever is in /usr/ports or if in
addition, somehow binary changes were being applied to programs I've
already installed (e.g., I have mysql and rsync installed from ports
on every machine, would they be updated). Perhaps I should be
You've only updated the skeleton directories which are used to build
ports. You have not updated the ports themselves.
After your portsnap run "pkg_version -L=" and anything marked '<' is out
Also consider installing portaudit which tells you about installed ports
which have security bugs which may affect you. You could consider only
updating ports which have security holes, for example. And you'll at
least be aware of what security issues might exist even if you don't fix
Investigate portupgrade or portmanager for doing the updating. I prefer
the former and it has a good man page.
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