kmod driver incompatibilities with 11.1R created packages used on 11.2R

Dave Cottlehuber dch at
Mon Jul 23 09:39:57 UTC 2018

We've probably all seen the problems that non-developer users have run into with the various packages that have a dependency on kernel versions, when using the official built versions.

We know that the problem will go away as soon as 11.1R is EOL end September, but in the interim I can imagine this must be really frustrating for people who don't have a familiarity with building from sources. Is there anything we can do to help them? they're often newcomers to FreeBSD so their new user experience is crap.

Here's a few ideas, but there may be better ones:

- put a note in pkg-message informing users of the issue and a link to a post on how to build it manually
- add something to the port's pkg-install script to only display that message on < 11.2R kernels
- provide an alternative pkg repo so they don't have to build from source (possibly community supported) 

I'm specifically thinking of x11/nvidia-driver here but there are presumably other packages impacted from


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