Borked system, possible to do a worldbuild via USB?

Andre Goree andre at
Thu Sep 15 20:24:04 UTC 2016

Hello list. Yesterday I got my long lost home server back on which I was 
running FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE.  I thought the smart thing to do would be 
to upgrade to 10.3-RELEASE because, what could possible go wrong, right? 
  I'll skip the details, but I'm basically left with an unbootable 
system, as init cannot even finish before failing with this error:

"Init can't exec /bin/sh for /etc/rc: Exec format error"

I believe that this is due to my having rebuilt world with erroneous 
make.conf options, and I'd love to be able to rebuild the world via USB.

I've already got my USB handy and will be working on this when I get 
home, but I wondered if there's a why I can rebuild the world on my 
server's disk after having booted from the USB?  Perhaps, mount the 
server's disk and chroot into it?  Should that work?  Thanks in advance!

Andre Goree
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