Transition from 5.1-RELEASE-p10 to 5.3-BETA2

Tim Robbins tjr at
Sun Aug 29 05:04:15 PDT 2004

On Sun, Aug 29, 2004 at 09:58:41AM +0300, Achilleus Mantzios wrote:
> Hi, after make buildworld,make buildkernel, make install kernel
> i rebooted single-user, just to find out that
> ls, mount, etc.. gave
> ls exited with signal 12,
> bad system call.
> After i rebooted with the old 5.1 kernel and did make buildkernel
> *with* COMPAT_FREEBSD4, i could reboot single user with
> 5.3 and run ls,mount, etc... just fine.

This was covered by the 20031112 entry in /usr/src/UPDATING. As a general
rule, you should use GENERIC instead of a custom kernel configuration (or a
GENERIC config from a previous release) when updating, at least on branches
that aren't marked -STABLE.

> What has COMPAT_FREEBSD4 has to do, since i *didnt* have it in my 
> 5.1-RELEASE-p10, and no FreeBSD 4.x programs were run?

I believe the rationale was that no -STABLE releases after FreeBSD 4
used the old statfs() interface. I agree that the name is misleading.


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