Buildworld problem?

John Brooks john at
Tue Jun 14 17:17:11 GMT 2005

run the hard drive diagnostics software of your hard drive manufacturer
to test the condition of your hard drive. it should be available from
their website. this should always be done on used drives being put back
into service.

John Brooks
john at 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-freebsd-questions at
> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at]On Behalf Of Java Weenie
> Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2005 11:38 AM
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> Subject: Buildworld problem?
> I had a 4gig drive laying around that I wanted to use for a router, so I 
> installed the latest (from about 1.5 weeks ago) from the 5.x 
> distrubutions.  
> I added ipfw/natd/dummynet to the kernel file and did a full buildworld, 
> buildkernel.  I rebooted after install kernel, everything seemed 
> normal, did 
> install world/mergemaster, rebooted.  Right now, I have an 'ok' 
> prompt, it 
> appears after the 'Press enter to start booting immediately, or hit any 
> other key to <do something else>' option and it states it cannot 
> find kernel 
> or kernel.old.
> My guesses are that either I got a really bad batch of sources, I 
> performed 
> a buildworld wrong (though I did double check my steps with the handbook 
> first), or my hard drive picked a really unusual place to die.
> It is a new clean install so it wouldn't be a huge issue to 
> reinstall, but 
> if it is hardware, I will need to replace the drive before doing 
> this again.
> Any thoughts on how to determine the problem?
> Thanks for any tips.
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