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Typically, the PC-BSD® logo icon in the system tray is used to determine if any updates are available through Update Manager, Package Manager, AppCafe®, or Warden®, and if so, to start the appropriate utility in order to install the updates. In 10.0, a new Update Center utility has been added which will eventually provide all of this functionality in one place.
To start the utility shown in Figure 8.2a, go to Control Panel ➜ Update Center or type pc-su pc-updatecenter. You will be prompted to enter your password.
Figure 8.2a: Main Update Center Screen
In this example, system updates are available but all packages and PBIs are up-to-date. Buttons are provided to "Check for updates", and if updates are available, to "Install all updates".
To see the details of available updates, click the tab for the type of update which is available. In this example, the "Package update details" and "Software update details" tabs are greyed out as no updates are currently available. Since system updates are available, the "System update details" tab is available and is shown in Figure 8.2b.
Figure 8.2b: Viewing a System Patch's Details
This tab is similar to Update Manager in that it allows you to select which system updates to install. In addition, it displays additional information about the update. In Figure 8.2b, the first entry is highlighted. Since its update type is a patch, the date and size of the patch are displayed. If you click the icon next to the URL in the description, it will open the default browser to display the details about the system patch.
In Figure 8.2c, the second entry is highlighted. Since its update type is a FreeBSD update, it indicates how many and which files will be updated, how many and which files will be removed, and how many and which files will be modified. If you have made customizations to any system files, be sure to check the "Locally modified files" tab to see if any of your customizations will be affected.
Figure 8.2c: Viewing a FreeBSD Update's Details