Recovery? recent "make world" rendered system unusable (64 bit change)

Barney Wolff barney at
Tue Nov 18 09:47:33 PST 2003

On Tue, Nov 18, 2003 at 11:50:22AM -0500, Chris Shenton wrote:
> I've been running 5.1-CURRENT for a while and a couple nights ago did
> a "make world".  After a couple hours building, my system was
> unusable.  Critical binaries like "rm", "ls", "mtree", "sh" failed,
> reporting "Exec format error".  I can't login, not even single user.
> I can no longer even boot single user.

Re-install/upgrade from a cd.  Upgrade should leave your files alone.

I've argued before that "world" should be removed as a target, as I
don't believe it's ever correct to do it.  Why leave this gun pointed
at people's feet?

Barney Wolff
I'm available by contract or FT, in the NYC metro area or via the 'Net.

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