> 
> >                                    I am a little confused on the differen=
> ce of=20
> > RELENG_4_9 and RELENG_4_9_0_RELEASE. Is the first one for stable systems,=
>  and=20
> > the later one for current systems?
> 
> Think of it like this:
> 
>     RELENG_4_9_0_RELEASE marks the *beginning* of the RELENG_4_9 branch.
> 
>     RELENG_4_9 marks the *end* of the RELENG_4_9 branch.
> 
> Thus the set of files labelled as RELENG_4_9_0_RELEASE won't change
> over time, whereas the set of files labelled as RELENG_4_9 will, to
> account for the security patches added to 4.9-RELEASE.
> 
> The terms 'stable' and 'current' don't apply to the RELENG_4_9 or any
> of the other release branches.  Think of the whole source repository
> of FreeBSD as like a tree.  The tree has a trunk, which corresponds to
> 'CURRENT' ('.' in cvsup, also called 'HEAD' in cvs), and the tip of
> that trunk to the latest development versions of all of the files,
> etc. that go to make up the sources.
> 
> Every so often a major branch grows out of that trunk: those are the
> -STABLE branches.  That branching happens on average about once every
> two years.  The first level branches have labels like 'RELENG_4' in
> cvs.  Every few months you then get a 2nd level '-RELEASE' branch from
> the -STABLE branches: those have labels like 'RELENG_4_9'.  Usually
> there's just the one main -STABLE branch actively being developed at a
> time and spawning release branches.
> 
> As a special case at the moment, some -RELEASE branches have been
> produced directly off the main trunk (CURRENT) -- those are precursors
> to the imminent creation of the newest main branch to be called
> 5-STABLE.

Geez, you keep this up and you're going to end up making this
process all clearly understood.    No mystery left...  ;-)

////jerry

> 
>       Cheers,
> 
>       Matthew
> 
> --=20
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