what are pX and #X

pobox at verysmall.org pobox at verysmall.org
Wed Oct 4 04:22:49 PDT 2006

What are pX and #X after the version displayed by 'uname'? As far as I 
know pX is the 'patch set' and #X is the number of times the kernel has 
been updated.

However, yesterday I updated the kernel (of 6.1 installed from the boot 
CD and then FTP - some time ago) and p jumped to p10, while #X remained 
zero. I thought pX changes only when world is built and #X should have 
been changed to #1.

What I did was -

cvsup-ed src with tag RELENG_6_1

cd /usr/src
create MYKERNEL config
(just commented cpu I486_CPU and I586_CPU)

make buildkernel KERNCONF=MYKERNEL
make installkernel KERNCONF=MYKERNEL



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