Can't compile kernel

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Wed Nov 23 18:06:49 GMT 2005

Don't top-post, please.

Jose Borquez <calartstech at> writes:
>   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?

> 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
>   /usr/src/sys/i386/compile/CUSTOM
>   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?

In that directory, I believe you need to run "make" before "make

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