Call to delay EOL of 11.x -> Re: OS to replace FreeBSD

Steve O'Hara-Smith steve at
Sat Mar 20 13:57:53 UTC 2021

On Sat, 20 Mar 2021 09:33:04 -0400
Jerry <jerry at> wrote:

> I CANNOT install it, 

	Perhaps I am misunderstanding the situation. AIUI the install
completes it is just that the default console is spammed by error messages
so you can't see the login prompt (it is actually possible to log in and
work under these conditions but it is hideous to do). Fortunately there is
a better option, there are several active virtual consoles available by
hitting Alt-F<n> simply switch to one of those, log in and proceed as

> so I am unsure of how to build a custom kernel.
> Then, assuming I could build a custom kernel, I would not be able to
> use the "freebsd update" utility.

	Of course you can use freebsd-update with a custom kernel, I do it
all the time. It just adds the extra step of compiling your custom kernel
before rebooting after the update. My usual sequence for this is:

freebsd-update fetch
freebsd-update install
cd /usr/src
make kernel

	NB: make kernel works because I have kernconf set in /etc/make.conf
to the name of my custom kernel config.

>  So, to put it in the vernacular,
> "I am fucked if I do, and fucked if I don't".

	Nope, you just have to understand how to get yourself out of the

Steve O'Hara-Smith <steve at>

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