make doesn't know how to make KERNCONF

Chris Pratt eagletree at
Sun Nov 16 08:17:27 PST 2008

On Nov 16, 2008, at 7:55 AM, Gerardo Paredes wrote:

>> From: Polytropon <freebsd at>
>> Subject: Re: make doesn't know how to make KERNCONF
>> To: freebsd-questions at
>> Date: Saturday, November 15, 2008, 8:46 AM
>> On Sat, 15 Nov 2008 10:23:50 -0500, Lowell Gilbert
>> <freebsd-questions-local at> wrote:
>>> No, the shell isn't interpreting anything in that
>> command line (the
>>> variable assignment is interpreted by make itself), so
>> the command is
>>> fine.  Maybe the sources aren't completely
>> installed?  If I were trying
>>> to exercise my psychic technical support powers, I
>> might guess that the
>>> system makefiles weren't installed.
>> Check /usr/src/Makefile, /usr/src/Makefile.inc1 and
>> /usr/src/release/Makefile. These files should be up to
>> date when doing a correct update (or at least they should
>> get installed by installing the "src"
>> distribution).
> i am using csh and the files you mention are there.
> I checked them because i were trying to figure out what is happening.

I attempted to reproduce the error message you received and could
not. This isn't a normal buildkernel make error one would expect to
see if the /usr/src makefiles are not correct.

You might want to include a lot more information for those
reading the list to be able to answer your question. Offhand, things
like the Release version, if your src install was done correctly, the
architecture you installed (amd64 vs i386) and if you've cvsup'd
again since you had the problem.
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