Help, I killed my machine.

Björn König bkoenig at
Thu Jun 23 22:43:45 GMT 2005

Louis LeBlanc wrote:

> On 06/23/05 10:02 PM, Björn König sat at the `puter and typed:
>>The -p stands for "pre-buildworld mode", i.e. you should run it before 
>>buildworld. ;-)
> Uh, careful.  My copy of the FreeBSD handbook
> (
> says to do it this way:
> # make buildworld
> # make buildkernel
> # make installkernel
> # reboot
> [...]
> After installkernel finishes successfully, you should boot in single
> user mode (i.e. using boot -s from the loader prompt). Then run:
> # mergemaster -p
> # make installworld
> # mergemaster
> # reboot


I read the mergemaster script partially and deceided that it won't hurt 
to run 'mergemaster -p' before 'make buildworld'; and I think that this 
way is the intention of the author of mergemaster too. If I'm mistaken 
then somebody should state the description in mergemaster(8) more 
precisely. I think it is confusing to call it 'pre-buildworld mode' if 
it would be better to execute this command after 'make buildworld' in 
general. I prefer looking into manpages than into the handbook.


P.S.: I CC'd Doug Barton who wrote most parts of mergemaster.

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