6.1-BETA4 installation report
mhjacks at swbell.net
Sun Mar 19 23:57:46 UTC 2006
Sam Leffler wrote:
> Martin Jackson wrote:
>>>> 1) The upgrade errored out almost immediately on /var/empty, since
>>>> it had been chflags'ed to nschg. I went to the shell and chflags'ed
>>>> that off, and upgrade continued.
>>> It's supposed to be that way, so something is wrong if this is causing
>>> problems :(
>> Agreed. :) Looking through the source to sysinstall, it looks like I
>> should have a /boot/kernel.prev, but I don't. Perhaps the install of
>> base went more poorly than I thought? I wound up not having
>> /boot/kernel at all.
> If you go to the Options panel and turn on debugging (navigate to
> Debugging, hit space, then q to quit) you'll get debug info in the
> Alt-F2 window. That might be helpful. I'm not sure if the logging goes
> in a file that remains across reboot; that'd be useful for debugging
> issues like this.
>>>> 2) The 'kernels' distribution wasn't installed at all, which led
>>>> loader to complain upon reboot. I had an old kernel installed, so I
>>>> booted from that and used sysinstall to install GENERIC. I also had
>>>> to change loader.conf to reference 'kernel="GENERIC"'. Is this the
>>>> preferred way to do it, or should I move 'GENERIC' to 'kernel'?
>>> It should be installed as kernel. Again I don't know how you got
>>> something else :(
>> Hm. I will try to reinstall with 6.0-RELEASE and try to do the binary
>> upgrade again, and see what happens. Things will be different; this
>> system was my first attempt to go to STABLE before I upgraded it so I
>> can't rule out errors of my own in this case.
> If you can record the steps by which you hit a problem it'd be
> appreciated. I'm not sure I tested the Upgrade mechanism so it may have
> been broken by the mods I made to the kernel install logic.
OK, I've hit the /var/empty problem again, on a fresh install of
6.0-RELEASE. I enabled debugging but it doesn't say anything else
useful on the F2 window.
Installing base, kernel (GENERIC), doc (custom set) from CD/DVD
Here's what it says on the F1 window (Transcribing):
Write failure on Transfer! (wrote -1 bytes of 1424508 bytes)
On the F2 window:
...list of the fs hierarchy...
/stand/cpio: var/empty: chmod: Operation not permitted
/stand/gunzip: failed fwrite
I go back to F1 and accept. When it asks me to retry, I go to F4 and
chglags noschg /var/empty. I go back to F1 and say "YES" to attempt to
retrive again. This time, it seems to go correctly. I see that GENERIC
is trying to extract into /boot this time - don't remember whether it
said that the first time around but I see it as a positive sign.
/boot/kernel exists this time (no special intervention from me), and
contains the GENERIC kernel from 6.1-BETA4 CD. No special intervention
required to boot this time; system is now up and running on 6.1-BETA4.
Well, it looks like unless there's something going on with custom
ident's in /boot/kernel, that may be a non-issue. (The previous kernel
was ident SERVER.)
The /var/empty thing looks to be real, though. Should I file a PR?
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