Quoting Peter Hollaubek <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>:
> As of /usr/src/UPDATING:
> To update from 4.0-RELEASE or later to the most current
> make buildworld
> make buildkernel KERNCONF=YOUR_KERNEL_HERE
> make installkernel KERNCONF=YOUR_KERNEL_HERE
> reboot (in single user) 
> make installworld
> mergemaster 
> In single user mode only the root fs is mounted by default. So for making
> you have to mount all the slices affected by such a process (usually all
> other slices like
> /usr, /var), and also, only the system itself boots up, nothing else is
> preventing any problem caused by installing something new under a running old
> in memory. If the new kernel fails you can return to the old one without
> incompatibility with the old kernel and the new world. Everything in this
> order has a
> reason :).
Thanks to all, and particularly Peter for this complete explanation.
I had taken makeworld.html from the handbook and used links to save as formatted
text prior to printing out the contents.
Not being familiar with single user mode, I didn't realise that only / was
mounted in that mode (so why does the handbook put "fsck -p" as the FIRST
command, before "mount -a" ? <sigh>).
Not being familiar with sh (and not thinking too well either) I assumed that
"make buildkernel # make installkernel" was two linked commands on the one line,
wheras it should have been read as:
# make buildkernel
# make installkernel
with the # simply indicating root prompt (Thanks, Sue).
All-in-all there was actually nothing wrong (except my ignorance <g>)
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