Uname borked on ??-Release...

Kevin Kinsey kdk at daleco.biz
Mon Mar 3 22:56:18 UTC 2008

Kris Kennaway 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.
>> 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.
>> 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?  
> 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.

#sysctl kern.bootfile
kern.bootfile: /boot/kernel/kernel

#strings /boot/kernel/kernel | grep 0-RELEASE
@(#)FreeBSD 7.0-RELEASE #1: Thu Feb 28 12:22:38 CST 2008
FreeBSD 7.0-RELEASE #1: Thu Feb 28 12:22:38 CST 2008

#ls -l /boot/kernel/kernel
-r-xr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  9294687 Feb 28 12:22 /boot/kernel/kernel*

Well, fudging around with uname's source shows that it's 
basically calling some sysctls, so maybe the question
is, with what I have above, why do I still have:

sysctl -a | grep kern.osre
kern.osrelease: 6.2-RELEASE
kern.osrevision: 199506
kern.osreldate: 602000


Thanks in advance,

Kevin Kinsey

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