On Fri, Mar 04, 2011 at 02:05:15PM -0500, Tom Worster thus spake:
thanks for the answers, jason. two more questions below.


On 3/4/11 1:09 PM, "Jason Helfman" <jhelf...@e-e.com> wrote:

On Fri, Mar 04, 2011 at 11:32:11AM -0500, Tom Worster thus spake:
to determine roughly where a server is in its updates (we're running only
RELEASE) i do:

1 - check the 1st 4 fields of the tag file in the freebsd-update working

Just because the 1st 4 fields are populated, doesn't necessarily imply it
running at that version. The tag is stating what it has recently "seen"
available on the update server, but that doesn't mean that those updates
have been installed.


2 - check the output of freebsd-update IDS.

is it the case that freebsd-update IDS checks base system status relative
to what's referenced in the tag file?

No. The hash index file is pulled from the update server for the
release, and your system is compared with that.

"the installed release" being what exactly?

What the system is running.

and how does freebsd-update determine what it is?

From the code, it appears to use `uname -r` and `uname -m`, for release and
architecture, respectively.

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