Deleting the kernel source - just with #rm?

herbert langhans herbert.raimund at
Sun Oct 4 14:31:21 UTC 2009

Thank you, Andrew,
clicketyclick - all source code gone now, and the config file is saved.

Can you please tell me about the issue with freebsd-update. Does it mean if I run:
#freebsd-update fetch
#freebsd-update install
- it will overwrite my self compiled kernel? Good to know indeed! 

herb langhans

On Mon, Oct 05, 2009 at 12:37:37AM +1100, andrew clarke wrote:
> On Sun 2009-10-04 15:15:05 UTC+0200, herbert langhans (herbert.raimund at wrote:
> > I just compiled a nice, slim kernel on my laptop, but I dont want to
> > carry all the kernel sources around there.
> >
> > Is it ok just to #rm the content of the /usr/src directory? And will I
> > get it completely back from sysinstall or the FreeBSD-servers? Or is
> > there a more elegant solution on FreeBSD?
> This should be fine.
> Since you've built a custom kernel you may want to keep a copy of
> your kernel build config ("LINT") file, eg. /usr/src/sys/i386/conf/HOSTNAME.
> Note that you can't use freebsd-update to patch a custom (non-GENERIC)
> kernel.
> You can restore the kernel source code by extracting the ssys.??
> binaries (normally found in the /src/ directory, eg.
> )
> using (found in the same directory).  Probably also with
> sysinstall, but I don't recall the steps to do that.
> Regards
> Andrew
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