On Thu, Oct 02, 2003 at 12:29:20PM +0300, Alin-Adrian Anton wrote: > Look what happened to me. I had a nice (cute) 4.8-STABLE. From time to > time, I update it via cvsup. Ports to CURRENT, system sources to STABLE. > Last time I updated from cvsup2.freebsd.org (I tried another one closer > too, same result), and hah , after a buildworld, i had a brand new > 4.9-PRERELEASE installed. I guess this might be a bug in cvsup, because > this is how my cvsup file looks: > > ----------------------- > *default host=cvsup10.FreeBSD.org > > *default base=/usr > *default prefix=/usr > *default release=cvs tag=RELENG_4 > #*default release=cvs tag=. > > *default delete use-rel-suffix > src-all > #ports-all > ----------------------- > Is the updating to 4.9-PRERELEASE a normal behaviour intended by the > Team, or is it a bug in cvsup client make it interpret commented line > "#*default release=cvs tag=." (though I don't think that would have > 4.9-PRERELEASE as a result from 4.8-STABLE).
This is entirely normal. You're tracking RELENG_4 a.k.a 4-STABLE. That started out with 'uname -r' saying 4.0-STABLE and over time, it has periodically mutated and continues to mutate into the each successive system version number -- in fact, that happens approximately every 4 months. Go look at the archives: you'll see posts saying much the same as you have at 4 month intervals right back to the inception of the 4-STABLE branch. The fact that from time to time the RELENG_4 sources may get labelled 4.9-PRERELEASE or some such is neither here nor there. It's all 4-STABLE. The name has little bearing on the actual stability of the system -- in fact, if the release process is working properly, the -PRERELEASE and -RCn and indeed the -RELEASE[*] versions should be, if anything, slightly *more* stable than the run of the mill -STABLE code. Of course, the course of software releases never does run quite that smoothly, but such is life. Cheers, Matthew [*] Which is identical to -STABLE for some vanishingly small amount of time right when the release gets cut. -- Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. 26 The Paddocks Savill Way PGP: http://www.infracaninophile.co.uk/pgpkey Marlow Tel: +44 1628 476614 Bucks., SL7 1TH UK
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