freebsd 6.4 can't load kernel after upgrade

Randi Harper randi at
Sat Oct 31 22:15:39 UTC 2009

On Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 8:20 PM, oscar Seo <oscar815 at> wrote:

> I'm a beginner in freebsd.
> my machine consists of freebsd-6.4 + i386 bootstrap loader,+ windowmaker
> after upgrade freebsd-6.4 using sysinstall then reboot the system,
> I got an error message as follows
> +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> Loading /boot/defaults/loader.conf
> Unable to load a kernel!
> /
> can't load 'kernel'
> Type '?' for a list of commands, 'help' for more detailed help.
> OK _
> +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> so I decided to reinstall freebsd-6.4 but I can't boot and re-install
> freebsd using CD-rom.
> what shall I do boot my system using installed freebsd or live-CD ?
> Thanks...

For future reference, while upgrading via sysinstall is possible, it's best
to use something like freebsd-update, which is included in base.

I can't recall off the top of my head if upgrading via sysinstall moves the
kernel to kernel.old or not. Good luck with that. You may be best off using
livefs and trying to repair with that.

-- randi

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