freebsd-update error ln: ///rescue/[: No such file or directory

Paul Macdonald paul at
Mon Jun 15 17:02:31 UTC 2015

On 15/06/2015 17:48, Lowell Gilbert wrote:
> Paul Macdonald <paul at> writes:
>> I just saw a large list of errors for freebsd-update of the form
>> Installing updates...
>> ln: ///rescue/[: No such file or directory
>> ln: ///rescue/[: No such file or directory
>> ....
>> is this something to panic about?
> Panic, no. But it is a problem; your /rescue tree is basically unpopulated.
> You didn't hand-delete "/rescue/[", did you?
> I'm not sure what the best way to re-install rescue would be, but you
> definitely want to do so. You might go years without needing it, but it
> saves a lot of time (and panic) when you do.

/rescue is populated ( see first email), but i do note that it's 
modification date is March, and that it does not have the odd looking [ 
binary ( which i remember someone asking about in this list a while back).
I'd assumed that something was truncated in output but can see now that 
it literally can't find /rescue/[

scp'd [ from a different box, free-update fetch/update happy now.


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