Patch Branches

What is the patch branch?

Starting with 2.7, OpenBSD is providing a source tree that contains important patches and fixes (ie. those from the errata plus others which are obvious and simple, but do not deserve a errata entry) and making it available via CVS in addition to the current source. Thus, users can choose three options :

The Daily Changelog details which post-release patches have made it into the patch branch. As a general principle, all Errata entries will be merged into the patch branch within 48 hours of when an errata is published. Other post release patches may be merged in as well, subject to a number of conditions:

Getting a stable branch

To obtain the patch branch for a particular release of OpenBSD, you can update on top of a pre-existing source tree (from FTP or the CD) or you can grab the source tree freshly from an AnonCVS server. Instructions for getting the patch branch and staying up to date are described in the Getting Started section of the AnonCVS documentation. Note that patch branches do not help to upgrade from one release of OpenBSD to another, eg. to go from 2.5 to 2.6. They only provide a means for staying up to date with the patches within a given release. If you are trying to go from one release to another via source, please visit the upgrade-minifaq. Also, you cannot go backwards, from -current back to -stable, because of library versioning problems.

Building from an OpenBSD patch branch

Once you have obtained a source tree via anoncvs, you must rebuild the system. The stages for doing so are:

Rebuilding the kernel

To rebuild the default kernel from stable:

Replace i386 with your architecture, eg. sparc, alpha, etc.

Rebooting with the new kernel

To reboot with the newly compiled kernel:

As above, substitute your architecture for i386. If your system has trouble booting the new kernel, you can easily go back and reboot from the old kernel, now called bsd.old.

Rebuilding the binaries

To rebuild the system binaries:

This will take awhile...

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