On Monday 23 August 2004 01:39 pm, Curtis Vaughan wrote:
> So, could someone tell me if my system is salvageable or not and what I
> need to do?
> Or, should I just start over?
>
> Curtis
>
> On 21 Aug, 2004, at 17:06, Curtis Vaughan wrote:
> > So, it is my understanding that I did in fact do things right (or that
> > is
> > to say that The Complete FreeBSD had the right directions.  But that
> > something else went wrong.
> >
> > BTW, I installed 4.8 from scratch.  Then spent a couple of days
> > preparing
> > to do a cvsup making sure that I set everything up right (sources:
> > Complete FreeBSD, freebsd.org, and this list.
> >
> > Then I did the cvsup.  Everything else I've already written about in a
> > previous letter.
> >
> > Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that booting into an old kernel is an
> > option.  I have looked at the files on my system and there is no
> > kernel.old or anything like it. There is only a kernel directory under
> > the
> > /boot/ directory.
> >
> > What information do I need to provide to perhaps salvage this system?
> > And what steps did I possibly miss?
> >
> > Curtis
> >
> >> "Kevin D. Kinsey, DaleCo, S.P." <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> >>> Yup.  Go back to the top --- I missed where
> >>> in your list of steps you actually *installed*
> >>> the new kernel...
> >>
> >> That would be where he said:
> >>>> make kernel
> >>
> >> which is equivalent to "make buildkernel installkernel".
> >>
> >> It doesn't explain quite what's happening here, though -- and he
> >> didn't even *hint* at such basic clues as what version he was updating
> >> from or to (there may be extra steps for large updating jumps).
> >>
> >> Booting the old kernel is certainly worth a try before starting over,
> >> though; the system is quite likely to be salvageable.
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Try to boot into single-user mode, i.e., when the system boots, it'll display 
a 10 second countdown. Hit spacebar to abort the countdown.  Then type boot 
-s and it'll boot into single-user mode with only the root partition mounted.

type mount -a to get the other partitions mounted.

Then redo your buildworld,etc., but skip mergemaster stuff.

Here's the steps:
cd /usr/src
make buildworld
make buildkernel KERNCONF=yourkernelname (you DID copy GENERIC and customize 
it didn't you?)
make installkernel KERNCONF=yourkernelname
make installworld
reboot

Skipping the mergemaster stuff will mean that any recent changes to various 
config files will be missing, but you should be able to come up multi-user.

If these steps fail, it'll probably be easier to just reinstall.
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