On Wednesday, January 21, 2004, at 10:55 AM, Kevin D. Kinsey, DaleCo, S.P. wrote:

What "install" do you mean?

Upgrading a la:

a. cvsup new source
b. make buildworld
c. make buildkernel
d. make installkernel
e.  reboot and make installworld

doesn't touch /etc.

You give me far too much credit--I'm working off the ISO images. My problem has also shifted in a way that probably makes this question moot for the moment.

While using the fdisk utility in /stand/sysinstall to cut up the 3/4 of the disk I'd left untouched, I seem to have bollixed up the partition on which BSD was installed. I was getting beaucoup errors on console after I did this, and when I reboot, no matter what I try, I get "Invalid partition", "No /boot/loader", and a boot prompt.

What happens to my old /etc is now not seeming so important.

Is it worth putting the 4.6 CD into the drive and trying to fix this? Or should I grit my teeth, lose the ports I'd downloaded (not many, not much--I was on dial-up), start over with 4.9, and see whether the things I learned from 4.6 are still in my memory?

All the best,

John A

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