Newbie Question About System Update

Jim Campbell jim-c at
Mon Apr 18 16:53:05 PDT 2005

I've been away from *NIX a few years.  I have been playing with FreeBSD 
for a week or so now with mixed results.  I am using release 4.11 
because for some reason 5.3 has problems seeing my hard drives.  4.11, 
Red Hat Linux and NetBSD have no such trouble.

This afternoon I used the "Updating Sources with CVSup" in the FreeBSD 
Cheat Sheets and everything worked as advertized.  I believe that it 
advised against using "make world" and suggested that I use "19.4.1 The 
Canonical Way to Update Your System" in the Handbook.  I went through 
the following steps with no problem:

 # make buildworld
 # make installworld
 # mergemaster
 # reboot

After that, I ran into problems.  It took me a little while to figure 
out how to do "boot -s".  However, it appears that a lot of the 
directories aren't mounted and the next scripts aren't in the path.  For 
example, I can't figure out how to do the "mergemaster -p".

Any help would be much appreciated.

Jim Campbell

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