Update Manager/9.2

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Update Manager provides a graphical interface for updating the version of PC-BSD®, installed PBIs, installed system components, Warden® meta-packages and for applying security updates. The 9.x series of PC-BSD® uses the GENERIC FreeBSD kernel in order to facilitate upgrading the operating system itself.

This section describes how to use the Update Manager GUI to update PBIs or Warden® meta-packages and to apply system updates. Upgrading PC-BSD® demonstrates how to start an operating system upgrade from the GUI.

Advanced users can use the following command line utilities to achieve the same results:

An icon located in the system tray lets you tell at a glance if any of your installed PBIs are out-of-date or if a system update is available. This icon has several possible states:

Updated1.png your system is up-to-date.

Working1.png the system is currently checking for updates and patches; this happens automatically whenever you boot your system.

Sysupdates1.png your operating system is out-of-date and system update(s) or patch(es) are available.

Pbiupdates1.png newer versions of installed PBI(s) are available; click this icon to open AppCafe® so that you can update the PBI(s).

Connecterror1.png the system was unable to check for updates, meaning you should check your Internet connection.

Updating.png the system is currently updating. You should see this icon once you click the "Install selected updates" button.

Restart.png the system needs to restart in order for the newly installed update to take effect. You will not be able to use Update Manager again until the system is rebooted.

If you right-click the icon, you will see the menu shown in Figure 7.3a. If updates are available for installed PBIs, AppCafe® will also open to the Installed tab so that you can view the new versions which are available.

Figure 7.3a: Right-click Menu for Update Manager


By default, updates are checked every 24 hours or whenever you boot the system. You can check for updates at any time by selecting "Check for updates".

Selecting "Start the Update Manager" from the right-click menu will open Update Manager so that you can review the available system update(s).

Figure 7.3b shows a screenshot of Update Manager:

Figure 7.3b: Update Manager


If any updates are available, they will be listed; if your system is fully up-to-date, there will not be any entries.

If you hover over a listed update, a pop-up menu will provide some details about the update.

To install an update, check the update(s) that you wish to install and click the "Install selected updates" button. You can watch the update's progress as seen in Figure 7.3c:

Figure 7.3c: Installing a System Update


If the update requires a reboot, you will be notified to do so after the update has been installed. If a reboot is needed, clicking the OK button at the informational message will not automatically reboot the system, meaning you can continue to use your computer for other tasks while the system is being updated. Finish whatever you are doing and reboot the computer at a time that is convenient for you.

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