Uname borked on ??-Release...

Kris Kennaway kris at FreeBSD.org
Mon Mar 3 22:14:09 UTC 2008

Kevin Kinsey wrote:
> Kris Kennaway wrote:
>> Kevin Kinsey wrote:
> <snip>
>>> I get the following from uname -a:
>>> FreeBSD archangel.daleco.biz 6.2-RELEASE FreeBSD 6.2-RELEASE #6:
>>> Sat Jun  2 09:22:50 CDT 2007  root at archangel.daleco.biz:
>>> /usr/obj/backup/src/sys/GENERIC  i386
>>> However, I rebuilt world, more or less without issues,
>>> twice in February with "RELENG_6" in the supfile.  This
>>> didn't change uname's output, and that worried me a bit.
>>> So, to make matters bette^H^H^H^Hadder, I csup'ped
>>> to RELENG_7_0 the day after it was released, read
>>> /usr/src/UPDATING, and the webpage detailing the
>>> upgrade, and did another buildworld/kernel cycle.
>>> Now I have no idea if I'm on 6 or 7 (seems like
>>> 7, but many ports issues, and I've rebuilt them
>>> all), and it's just becoming a major PITA.
>> You didnt succeed in installing the new kernel.  'make installkernel' 
>> is the step in which this occurs.
>> Kris
> Thank you and Phillip for answering my post.  However,
> I've done this 3 times now, and I don't skip that step.
> There have been no errors in the process, either.
> AAMOF, in response to Phillip's mail, I just did it
> again, as you can see (z* is to omit snipping):
> ll /boot/kernel/z*
> -r-xr-xr-x  1 root  wheel   712006 Mar  3 15:16 /boot/kernel/zfs.ko*
> -r-xr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  3471592 Mar  3 15:16 
> /boot/kernel/zfs.ko.symbols*
> -r-xr-xr-x  1 root  wheel    38175 Mar  3 15:16 /boot/kernel/zlib.ko*
> -r-xr-xr-x  1 root  wheel    58834 Mar  3 15:16 
> /boot/kernel/zlib.ko.symbols*
> I've rebooted the system, and I'm still being told I'm running
> 6.2 by uname.  In addition, pkg_add thinks I should be looking
> for 6-latest packages instead of 7, and the list of annoyances
> continues.  And, "hmm", symbols?  I'm guessing that knob is ON
> in FBSD7?  Once again, proof that something's wrong, as I didn't
> build debugging kernels in FBSD6 ... so I'm thinking this is
> a 7 kernel?  It just doesn't make sense to me.
> It *is* a Monday, after all. 
> If installkernel didn't succeed, shouldn't there be any
> other evidence?  Could skipping a mergemaster at some point
> have this effect?  (I don't *always* do that, unless I'm making a pretty 
> big move, and the first build cycle was
> production code IIRC)
> What about issues with "newvers.sh" (or whatever it is?)
> Any other think-outside-the-box stuff?  What could cause
> an installkernel operation to fail but appear to succeed?

Possibly you have 6.x sources still.  Or you are not actually booting 
/boot/kernel/kernel but some other kernel.  Check sysctl kern.bootfile. 
  You can also do

strings /boot/kernel/kernel | grep 7.0-RELEASE

to verify the kernel version string.


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