I prefer to merge /etc/ before the kernel reboot reboot to minimize downtime as it can take some time to review the changes.
This utility also supports operating system upgrades to minor point releases as well as upgrades to another release branch. All I do, however is go from one release to the next, always just doing an update. Coming from the Linux world, I'm used to applying updates a few times a week; but how do I do that on *BSD? In general, when using Open BSD you only update your packages when you update your system.I configured the system so it works as my router and firewall, and it works quite well like that. So, as a final step, after upgrading to the latest release, you should execute: # pkg_add -ui Which will (u)pgrade your installed packages asking you any questions (i)nteractive when needed. This utility supports binary security and errata updates to Free BSD, without the need to manually compile and install the patch or a new kernel.
Binary updates are available for all architectures and releases currently supported by the security team.
Update If Unmodified /etc/ /var/ /root/ /.cshrc /.profile# When upgrading to a new Free BSD release, files which match Merge Changes # will have any local changes merged into the version from the new release.