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FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE Announcement

Date: May 4, 2009

The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE. This is the third release from the 7-STABLE branch which improves on the functionality of FreeBSD 7.1 and introduces some new features. Some of the highlights:

  • support for fully transparent use of superpages for application memory

  • support for multiple IPv4 and IPv6 addresses for jails

  • csup(1) now supports CVSMode to fetch a complete CVS repository

  • Gnome updated to 2.26, KDE updated to 4.2.2

  • sparc64 now supports UltraSparc-III processors

For a complete list of new features and known problems, please see the online release notes and errata list, available at:

For more information about FreeBSD release engineering activities, please see:


FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE is now available for the amd64, i386, ia64, pc98, powerpc, and sparc64 architectures.

FreeBSD 7.2 can be installed from bootable ISO images or over the network; the required files can be downloaded via FTP or BitTorrent as described in the sections below. While some of the smaller FTP mirrors may not carry all architectures, they will all generally contain the more common ones, such as i386 and amd64.

MD5 and SHA256 hashes for the release ISO images are included at the bottom of this message.

The purpose of the ISO images provided as part of the release are as follows:


This contains everything necessary to install the base FreeBSD operating system, a collection of pre-built packages, and the documentation. It also supports booting into a "livefs" based rescue mode. This should be all you need if you can burn and use DVD-sized media.

disc1, disc2, disc3, livefs, docs

disc1 contains the base FreeBSD operating system and a few pre-built packages. disc2 and disc3 contain more pre-built packages. Those three can be burned to CDROM sized media and should be all you need to do a normal installation. livefs contains support for booting into a "livefs" based rescue mode but does not support doing an install from the CD itself. You would need to perform a network based install. docs contains the documentation.


This supports booting a machine using the CDROM drive but does not contain the support for installing FreeBSD from the CD itself. You would need to perform a network based install (e.g. from an FTP server) after booting from the CD.

Note: late in the testing cycle it was discovered some machines do not recognize the i386 disc1 as bootable (they just fall through to booting off the next boot device). All affected machines did see the other discs as bootable. If you have a machine with that problem booting off either bootonly or livefs and then swapping in disc1 once sysinstall starts should work.

FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE can also be purchased on CD-ROM or DVD from several vendors. One of the vendors that will be offering FreeBSD 7.2-based products is:


7.2-RELEASE ISOs are available via BitTorrent. A collection of torrent files to download the images is available at:


At the time of this announcement the following FTP sites have FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE available.

However before trying these sites please check your regional mirror(s) first by going to:

  • ftp://ftp.<yourdomain>

Any additional mirror sites will be labeled ftp2, ftp3 and so on.

More information about FreeBSD mirror sites can be found at:

For instructions on installing FreeBSD, please see Chapter 2 of The FreeBSD Handbook. It provides a complete installation walk-through for users new to FreeBSD, and can be found online at:

Updates from Source

The procedure for doing a source code based update is described in the FreeBSD Handbook:

The branch tag to use for updating the source is RELENG_7_2.

FreeBSD Update

The freebsd-update(8) utility supports binary upgrades of i386 and amd64 systems running earlier FreeBSD releases. Systems running 7.0-RELEASE, 7.1-RELEASE, 7.2-BETA, 7.2-RC1, or 7.2-RC2 can upgrade as follows:

# freebsd-update upgrade -r 7.2-RELEASE

During this process, FreeBSD Update may ask the user to help by merging some configuration files or by confirming that the automatically performed merging was done correctly.

# freebsd-update install

The system must be rebooted with the newly installed kernel before continuing.

# shutdown -r now

After rebooting, freebsd-update needs to be run again to install the new userland components, and the system needs to be rebooted again:

# freebsd-update install
# shutdown -r now

Users of earlier FreeBSD releases (FreeBSD 6.x) can also use freebsd-update to upgrade to FreeBSD 7.2, but will be prompted to rebuild all third-party applications (e.g., anything installed from the ports tree) after the second invocation of "freebsd-update install", in order to handle differences in the system libraries between FreeBSD 6.x and FreeBSD 7.x.

For more information about upgrading from FreeBSD 6.x using FreeBSD Update, see:


The FreeBSD Security Team currently plans to support FreeBSD 7.2 until May 31st, 2010. For more information on the Security Team and their support of the various FreeBSD branches see:


Many companies donated equipment, network access, or man-hours to support the release engineering activities for FreeBSD 7.2 including The FreeBSD Foundation, Hewlett-Packard, Yahoo!, NetApp, Internet Systems Consortium, and Sentex Communications.

The release engineering team for 7.2-RELEASE includes:

Ken Smith <> Release Engineering, amd64, i386, sparc64 Release Building, Mirror Site Coordination
Robert Watson <> Release Engineering, Security
Konstantin Belousov <> Release Engineering
Marc Fonvieille <> Release Engineering, Documentation
George Neville-Neil <> Release Engineering
Hiroki Sato <> Release Engineering, Documentation
Marcel Moolenaar <> ia64, powerpc Release Building
Takahashi Yoshihiro <> PC98 Release Building
Kris Kennaway <> Package Building
Joe Marcus Clarke <> Package Building
Erwin Lansing <> Package Building
Mark Linimon <> Package Building
Pav Lucistnik <> Package Building
Colin Percival <> Security Officer


FreeBSD is a registered trademark of The FreeBSD Foundation.

ISO Image Checksums

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MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-amd64-disc1.iso) = 3b281f75acef6f6a16d5e405ed003f36
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-amd64-disc2.iso) = e7d2497054a15906d0e4945d8c91e47f
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-amd64-disc3.iso) = ba4369f5d39fae3bd11ad537f4c52783
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-amd64-docs.iso) = 97db6efd21c531b2a325224d9897f287
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-amd64-dvd1.iso) = b3ac4c645aec087480ddefa827c8553c
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-amd64-livefs.iso) = 93c4ad283b66f6cb9d1eb1dcace92ce6
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-i386-bootonly.iso) = aceb5cdbb14780c97924cb4a645d3258
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-i386-disc1.iso) = b2415294a55ab3e5c1931f4e0fe67e4e
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-i386-disc2.iso) = b4fd35adea684e6da3a0515b535ece39
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-i386-disc3.iso) = da2958a3eb6a3ce6237ed7194bdfdd13
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-i386-docs.iso) = fee5de7fbd8c21e5a7523a1c197c32ae
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-i386-dvd1.iso) = 1d129a999a1db6aefebc57c2f82cacc0
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-i386-livefs.iso) = decdd91479b8059e70eed6d8e4eb5c06
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-ia64-bootonly.iso) = d0a84e0014b042f5369e1644a38c380c
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-ia64-disc1.iso) = 58eb2db0a7656a05cb6193aad68e150b
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-ia64-disc2.iso) = bf27c66277e9bea85d9656af154e94ca
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-ia64-disc3.iso) = 1ab4e7e08fa41b7b4e2370a8bde6dcfb
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-ia64-docs.iso) = 01de8413d2829c5b1cb6d495b51cf3a0
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-ia64-livefs.iso) = 02eadf879e203148610d823e7db515ba
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-pc98-bootonly.iso) = a0eaf2126458fc88ee1ac6d82d1f1c3a
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-pc98-disc1.iso) = 6555c5c4a8606ee043b5a7fbb7759b32
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-pc98-livefs.iso) = 0a23c3c4fc94d2961be5d148003e9511
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-powerpc-bootonly.iso) = 17ddd18ad20aa00dd5b4830e536eabad
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-powerpc-disc1.iso) = 015869f4f70124c0204ebd111d876142
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-powerpc-disc2.iso) = 2f6d5139b57e982039fb90f02cf3f508
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-powerpc-disc3.iso) = 0a6d3b4a5808374bb44f3f8583df38f7
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-powerpc-docs.iso) = bb30b266f3c0164b512b3b3317f8ab68
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-sparc64-bootonly.iso) = e3246598de481f7c1b117c81b46acfaa
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-sparc64-disc1.iso) = 2e767c93f195b69ea83274a1dff4dd5c
MD5 (7.2-RELEASE-sparc64-docs.iso) = 1b3d32f0c82c89e18b6f2a3eeca47ae5
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-amd64-bootonly.iso) = fb87f4c7ddf8870e8758191181ebf3730dd44534ecc3654069a66d85c56695d3
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-amd64-disc1.iso) = 1ea1f6f652d7c5f5eab7ef9f8edbed50cb664b08ed761850f95f48e86cc71ef5
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-amd64-disc2.iso) = 0a951c4eea8891b0d2bf3702eb933037dc6db3530b9a37e5b33d765ba9f67154
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-amd64-disc3.iso) = 870eeb94b3f21d0ab603986bc6fecb6b3a4a7529f6220ba34aef6458fc43a8b4
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-amd64-docs.iso) = 109b9d048b8ff58e392f002ef85f60e75b33ea72ef658edb610f9f50235508d4
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-amd64-dvd1.iso) = 1e13d3b6dfa7034e86f17b9ba379fff56761ffad7e029a23a27e92e9dbde2788
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-amd64-livefs.iso) = df3cc7f8795b9b260ada2facbd0d77114f0535c35b933a503ac3e56e05947e33
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-i386-bootonly.iso) = 6993e73ad5e012d1605c5cf085942b694ec4fa6fb4be114c7e752a012b8c3a5e
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-i386-disc1.iso) = bf4d00102215b07f5a4c8acac80b9d9bd9bf8bd93ac554fe09b21302f0b41380
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-i386-disc2.iso) = 573673db5acebd68dfdbca63f620b923a7e68421f1e946fb26a1381e3d7fd9f8
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-i386-disc3.iso) = ec5c98c02849c181f405e63875f193e33e121cb087cec0bd2a3e10f533ffc8e7
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-i386-docs.iso) = 77beb6e7a7905a2e9aba4adeb2722be5fbdb699bd44bd0a01e3780b4623d2ce9
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-i386-dvd1.iso) = de395cc63cb7fa22a0bf116487c13d56aac71762787fc5581746bfb48e66f750
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-i386-livefs.iso) = 4faa7b9d78d125f9b28521247e32e1f0bef3b0b0f21b654ba22c6e79ca3301ce
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-ia64-bootonly.iso) = 0a2f5fb514f14760b1237059d9ef381e0836fd45579c5264efc2eb49cc57fbb9
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-ia64-disc1.iso) = 048850ab672ae6865225b4d3ca324753dd823d526ce93480adf15f602acd96bf
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-ia64-disc2.iso) = 5fe326d21f2e7646c63a1b6fb5ae913971da99f1c660f0ffd148de19fc47fb11
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-ia64-disc3.iso) = 58c0c94d12ca197593ec48cab2fc5ec619a87caa16ae5421958216773665086d
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-ia64-docs.iso) = 106844d5135e56ed2232ecabe0e4dc8c78e54f7e9d43e92be0ee3f741009a2eb
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-ia64-livefs.iso) = 70294d2d65e2f483af23d9a4c0d14e1af43da68c086b3e247af31e85050b1247
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-pc98-bootonly.iso) = 37f65bb079304353858da6f06936cf12d19cfcdd6f4127aecac91d2a23976db1
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-pc98-disc1.iso) = 877845e4dcd3b617f1c23a47b62d27dbe3a5ff6d35075cb20cd038e2b749220f
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-pc98-livefs.iso) = 3741eb5a178fa0b97a6f50b57dcc750ee7d9d2e1871a244740a4603b22289491
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-powerpc-bootonly.iso) = d933276ab67b6de04144ffb3a15e632f6ac6f0a82237654f9349214e0c0acb9b
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-powerpc-disc1.iso) = b366319ce4cfdbff2ef394cca6f460159dd1e4949927da82904ff5c9baa3f4b8
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-powerpc-disc2.iso) = 40e4d5e94c543018fd692efe7150bcca482f1a0a3ddc50330bbbd5a320d90d36
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-powerpc-disc3.iso) = fc5ed9a503447c68a9e8392b60c4c35650208c42da982c9c6206e349ad327888
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-powerpc-docs.iso) = 58e4f348b057608515bca359a713877964fddf638bca921d09000aada899477b
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-sparc64-bootonly.iso) = 98aa7492c195df441b4e4699984fd8f38af1db03e7e92cc8d1530089a4d50e11
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-sparc64-disc1.iso) = ba7fa45c21d7ca43bacb78fe46c18ef15f73e480e7fe3e6c8ba8c575efe25888
SHA256 (7.2-RELEASE-sparc64-docs.iso) = b67483a4e198e2aeb99bacf9cc826f36a3d9304482fb49c34d05590661d6da76

Last modified on: May 16, 2021 by Allan Jude