Daniel Bye wrote:

On Mon, Sep 17, 2007 at 09:24:26PM +0400, Rakhesh Sasidharan wrote:
I understand I can use csup to follow the RELENG_62 branch. After the
sources are downloaded, do I have to follow all the steps outlined in this
handbook document? I can understand building and installing world and
kernel, but would I have to reboot to single user and do the mergemaster
stuff too?

If you follow the complete rebuild instructions, yes. If you follow the
instructions for *patching* the system as given in the relevant security
notifications, then only if those instructions say so. You do subscribe
to security-notifications@, don't you?  ;-)

Err, not yet but I just did after seeing your mail. :)

Now that you mention, yes, I had seen those security notifications and they mention what to do by way of patching. Great! That's better.

I *think* I might not have to do mergemaster coz security updates
shouldn't have changes in the /etc files and so there'd be no need for
merging files.

Sometimes, the security fixes involve changes under /etc. The recent
jails error comes to mind, as a case in point.

Thanks for the example.

I'd suggest trying it out on a non-critical system, so as to familiarise
yourself with the procedure. You'll be glad you did.

That's the plan. I wanted to try this method out (a) to familiarize myself with it, and (b) I understand if one builds custom kernels then the freebsd-update method won't work ... I've csuped the RELENG_62 branch, now I'll check out the patches and try applying them.

Thanks for your inputs!

                                - Rakhesh
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