help please

Phil Schulz ph.schulz at
Sun Sep 26 17:02:34 PDT 2004

Aaron wrote:
> I will like to thank you before hand for what you are doing for bsd user.
>   I am a new bsd user who is trying to learn how to buil a kernel or custimize 
> it. I am reading the book absolute bsd and I am using 5.1 version
> . I followed the step in configuring my kernel. I ran the cvsup update before 
> trying to build the kernel so everything will be up to date. However, I am 
> getting these messeges 
> SecondAdvent# cd /usr/src/sys/i386/conf
> SecondAdvent# ls
> GENERIC         Makefile        OLDCARD         SECONDADVENT
> GENERIC.hints   NOTES           PAE             gethints.awk
> SecondAdvent# config SECONDADVENT
> ERROR: version of config(8) does not match kernel!
> config version = 500012, version required = 600000

  According to the handbook [1], the method you use is obsolete. The 
kernel should be rebuild using "make buildkernel". I'm not sure, though, 
if rebuilding the kernel in "the new way" solves your problem.
  Judging from the Amazon webpage, the book you have came out in 2002, 
so I assume it describes the 4.x series of FreeBSD. You might want to 
read Chapter 8 [2] of the handbook, which describes how to rebuild your 
kernel. Also, you might find Section 19.4 [3] useful, which describes 
how to rebuild the base system. After rebuilding the system, take a look 
at portupgrade.

> Here is the output of uname -a 
> SecondAdvent# uname -a
> FreeBSD 5.1-RELEASE FreeBSD 5.1-RELEASE #0:[...]

  Make sure you read /usr/src/UPDATING if you go from 5.1-Release to a 
newer version. Lots of changes went in since then. If you have a 
broadband internet connection, you might find it easier to download the 
ISO image of the most recent 5.3-BETA built and go from there.




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