This short tutorial by user tdrss will show you how to keep your FreeBSD system up to date, ensuring you are secure and protected from the latest bugs.
To keep your system working smoothly, OS manufacturers release patches and upgrades on a regular basis. The FreeBSD OS is no different; its benefactor, the FreeBSD Foundation ensures that OS updates are on a regular, scheduled basis. Additional installed software also may require updates to ensure smooth running code. These ports and packages are maintained in central repository to ensure easy dissemination to the widest audience.
What does this mean for you? A very easy and rapid way to keep your system up-to-date and in tip-top shape!
Step 1: Verify a few things.
Know which version of FreeBSD you are running. For this example, I am running FreeBSD 10.1 (as of this writing, this is the most current version). So I can expect only minor updates to the 10.1 code. If you were running 8.x or 9x, you would have to make minor OS updates (e.g. 9.1 to 9.2 or 8.2. to 8.3), before a major version update (e.g. 8.x to 9.x)
Ensure you have a steady internet connection. Updates are downloaded from the ‘net, so if your connection is spotty, the software will Time-Out, and you will have to accomplish the updates at a later time.