Wrong version of sources?

Alexander Kapshuk alexander.kapshuk at gmail.com
Sun Sep 2 13:45:04 UTC 2012

On 09/02/12 16:19, Walter Hurry wrote:
> Thanks for the reply. No, I haven't rebuilt kernel and world, nor do I
> intend to for the moment. I'm happy to stick with generic.
By using the RELENG_9 tag, you're tracking the STABLE development 
branch. By pulling in the sources for the STABLE development branch and 
rebuilding the kernel and the world by following the instructions given 
in the Handbook, you are sticking with the GENERIC kernel configuration, 
unless you build a custom kernel.
> I'm still slightly confused by this "tag" stuff though; sorry (despite
> perusal of the handbook). Are you saying that until RELENG_9_1 is made
> available I won't be able to compile kernel modules? Or that I should
> have a different tag in my standard-supfile?
That's right. RELENG_9_1 isn't available yet. The options available to 
you now, as far as I can tell, are:

(1). Do not recompile the kernel and the world, if you want to track 
9.1-RC, to be followed by RELENG_9_1, once it becomes available. You may 
use freebsd-update(8), to keep the system up-to-date by way of binary 
updates. Once release 9.1 is out, you may change RELENG_9 in your 
sup-file to RELENG_9_1, and then you'll be tracking the release branch 
and you'll be able to keep the kernel and the world up-to-date by way of 
source updates. Use pkg_add(1) to install VBox.

(2). Stick with RELENG_9, which is the STABLE development branch. Pull 
in the latest sources. Rebuild the kernel and the world. You may be 
prompted to rebuild the ports installed on your system as well. Use 
pkg_add(1) or the ports to install software.

If any one else on the list thinks otherwise, as they are more 
experienced folk on the list than I, I'd be happy to stand corrected.

Hope the above helps.

Alexander Kapshuk.

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