Zbigniew Szalbot wrote:
Hope you can advise me. I have a FreeBSD 6.1 stable system for which I
want to build a custom kernel. However, I am scared to death (almost
;) and just want to make sure I have it done the right way.
I have in the past used supfile with ports-all option and couldn't
build a custom kernel. Yesterday it dawned on me that I need sources
for that, not ports. So I ran cvsup with src-all option. Now, I
followed these steps:
# cd /usr/src/sys/i386/conf
# mkdir /root/kernels
# cp GENERIC /root/kernels/LISTS
# ln -s /root/kernels/LISTS
then I used procedure 2 for building the kernel the new way.
# cd /usr/src
# make buildkernel KERNCONF=LISTS
It all went well without any complaint (I was really puzzled - when it
comes to IT, I usually see half-empty glasses...) but now I wonder. My
next step is supposed to be make installkernel KERNCONF=LISTS
Is it OK to do it on an already configured system? I have some usual
applications like php, mysql, apache, exim MTA configured and working.
So in other words I am trying to build a custom kernel not on a fresh
install but on an already working system (operating for 25 days). It
is not a webserver but it is running and needs these apps. My fear is
that I am likely to break something.
Have I done the right steps? Do you think I can progress with make
I have also a question about the last command in the recipe:
Now, shutdown the system and reboot to use your new kernel.
Will shutdown -r now be enough? Or do I have to boot in single user mode?
Sorry if all of these seems obvious. I am new to FreeBSD. Thank you
very much in advance!
Building and installing a new custom kernel? Usually the steps consist of:
1. Edit kernel config file.
2. If you have the symlink set correctly, or the file located in the
right place, just run make buildkernel installkernel
KERNCONF=[configfile name] (or if you feel slick, specify the name in
/etc/make.conf and run make buildkernel installkernel).
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