Recovering from a late "make installworld" failure?

Kris Kennaway kris at
Fri Jun 10 03:29:19 GMT 2005

On Fri, Jun 10, 2005 at 03:23:21PM +1200, Juha Saarinen wrote:
> After cvsuping and doing the usual make
> buildworld/buildkernel/installkernel, make installworld conked out,
> very late in the game by the looks of it. I wasn't able to capture the
> error message at the point of failure unfortunately.
> Now it's all fun and games with even 'ls' segfaulting and 'make clean'
> / 'make cleanworld' hanging with:
> "/usr/src/Makefile", line 91: warning: "/usr/bin/env -i
> PATH=/sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin make  -f /dev/null -V
> MAKEOBJDIRPREFIX dummy" returned non-zero status
> and no further output.
> This message:
> describes a similar situation, and suggests:
> "Reboot to single user mode and finish the installworld, 
> then boot multiuser and your fine again (hopefully)"
> Good advice or not?

Maybe; this can happen if you e.g. forget to actually boot the new
kernel before installworld.  Or you could have destroyed your system
somehow and require a reinstall to recover.

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