kern/70881: 5.3 beta1 kernel.generic missing from /boot/kernel/

JJB Barbish3 at
Mon Aug 23 17:30:22 PDT 2004

The following reply was made to PR kern/70881; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: "JJB" <Barbish3 at>
To: "Brooks Davis" <brooks at>,
	"Joe" <fbsd_user at>
Cc: <freebsd-gnats-submit at>
Subject: RE: kern/70881: 5.3 beta1 kernel.generic missing from /boot/kernel/
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2004 20:26:46 -0400

 Brooks Davis wrote:
 > On Mon, Aug 23, 2004 at 08:05:10PM +0000, Joe wrote:
 >> Downloaded 5.3 beta1-i386-mininstall.iso, ran md5 checksum and
 >> matched, burned to cd and installed using standard/kern-dev.  New
 >> boot process is missing kernel.generic module in /boot/kernel
 > Why are you expecting one?  The kernel on the boot media is
 > 5.3.
 > -- Brooks
 First of all the 5.3 kernel that comes with the iso file has nfs and
 core debugging options turned on so it's not a true generic as in
 what is expected for an stable version based on past stable version
 back to 3.0.  The 4.x kernel.generic never gets deleted and is
 always there as built-in safe guard backup if there is problem with
 compiling a new kernel. Now I realize that there is a new boot
 process from 4.x so maybe there needs to be a /boot/kernel.generic
 directory that is a copy of /boot/kernel directory the system
 defaults to boot from. The function of this new directory is much
 the same as the kernel.generic file in 4.x. It acts as a built-in
 safe guard so the box can always have something to fall back on to
 boot the system so it can be used as platform to fix whatever caused
 the original boot problems. The bottom line is 5.3 stable should
 have the same built-in safe guards as 4.x stable versions have. This
 is really a cleanup item for the release built team.

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