Can't compile kernel

Jose Borquez calartstech at
Wed Nov 23 08:27:58 GMT 2005

The custom kernel config file is in  /usr/src/sys/i386/conf  I did more reading from the FreeBSD  website handbook and it said if you installed only the kernel source  code that you need to compile the traditional way using: 
  /usr/src/sys/i386/conf/config CUSTOM  then change to the build directory
  then run make depend.
  All of this worked just fine, but now when I run make install I get the following error message: 
  You must build a kernel first.
  *** Error code 1
  Stop in /usr/src/sys/i386/compile/CUSTOM.
  # /usr/src/sys/i386/compile/CUSTOM
  What is the problem here?
  Many thanks

  Peter <petermatulis at> wrote:  
--- Jose Borquez  wrote:

>  I made a standard install of FreeBSD 5.4  with Kern-Developer  Full
> binaries and doc, kernel source  only.  I attempted to compile a custom
> kernel running:
>   make buildkernel KERNCONF=CUSTOM  Then I get the following error:
> make: don't know how to make buildkernel. Stop
>   I run it from the /usr/src/ directory.  The /usr/src/ directory is 
> empty.  Does that mean the source files were not installed?
>   Could someone please give me any clues as to what I am missing or have
> done incorrectly?

The /usr/src/sys directory should contain the kernel source code.  Your
claim that the /usr/src directory is empty is strange since you also say
you are compiling a custom kernel.  Where is the custom kernel config file
if not under /usr/src/sys//conf?


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