On 4 October 2013, at 20:03, Polytropon <free...@edvax.de> wrote:

> On Fri, 4 Oct 2013 19:42:15 -0700, Doug Hardie wrote:
>> On 4 October 2013, at 19:08, Polytropon <free...@edvax.de> wrote:
>>> On Fri, 4 Oct 2013 18:58:52 -0700, Doug Hardie wrote:
>>>> The exact sequence was:
>>>> Step 1:  freebsd-update from 9.1 to 9.2
>>> Have you verified in /etc/freebsd-update.conf that "src"
>>> is definitely part of what should be updated?
>> System is not bootable - can't verify anything…
> Does the system (or better, its "enclosure", software-wise)
> allow booting a rescue system or an emergency media, such
> as a FreeBSD v9 live system?

Yes - but there is no one there who can successfully be told how to run it.  We 
have serious communications issues - they want to use back slashes and have no 
idea what a slash is.  Even if you tell them which key to use, they know better 
and use a back slash cause thats what Windoze uses.  The disk should be in the 
mail to me now.  I will be able to work with it when it arrives.

> The file /etc/freebsd-update.conf should contain the line
>       Components src world kernel
> if you want to make sure the source is properly updated,
> along with the world and kernel (GENERIC).

As indicated before, I don't think all the source got updated.  The kernel 
showed 9.2 after recompilation.  However UPDATING was not updated.  Thats as 
much as I could check before.

>>>> Step 5:  reboot
>>> Attention: Into single-user mode.
>> Not possible since the system is located over 100 miles away.
>> Everything has to be done via remote console.
> Does this mean "SSH only" or do you have a _real_ console
> transmission by which you can access the system _prior_ to
> the OS providing the SSH access? I'm mentioning this because
> the traditional approach requires (few) steps done in the
> single-user mode where no SSH connectivity is provided in
> the "normal" way…

I have a telnet box that has serial connections to the console ports.  That 
approach has been used without any issues since FreeBSD 2.5.  I do disable all 
ports during the process via an reduced rc.conf file.

> -- 
> Polytropon
> Magdeburg, Germany
> Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
> Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

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