"Kenneth A. Bond" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > Hello, > I am trying to determine how often to update my systems. > Currently I am using anoncvs in order to synch my source. > >From there I run the typical > > # make buildworld > # make buildkernel > # make installkernel > # > # mergemaster -p# make installworld# mergemaster# reboot > > Should I only perform this when a security vulnerability is found? > > I am trying to achieve maximum uptime for these systems and want to > confirm how often I should perform a core system update.
Please wrap you lines aroun 72 chars. See http://www.lemis.com/questions.html If you're shooting for max uptime and the most stable system, you can follow the procedure I follow for most of my clients: 1) Install the latests 4.x-RELEASE 2) cvsup to RELENG_4_x (currently RELENG_4_10) 3) rebuild/reinstall the core system. 4) When 4.11 comes out, schedule a weekend and cvsup the system to RELENG_4_11, rebuild/reinstall. Pay special attention to /usr/src/UPDATING, repeat for 4.12, etc 5) Subscribe to FreeBSD-security. When a vuln is announced, recvsup to the RELENG_4_x and rebuild/reinstall 6) Step 5 can occasionally be skipped. For example, there were many sites that I had using FreeBSD that I didn't have to update when bind problems were fixed, because they weren't running DNS servers. If you're not sure, you're safer updating than not. -- Bill Moran Potential Technologies http://www.potentialtech.com _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"