securelevel and make installworld

Jon Noack noackjr at
Wed Apr 20 14:28:12 PDT 2005

On 04/20/05 15:16, Ronald Klop wrote:
> Can make installworld complain on startup if I try to run it with  
> securelevel > 0.
> It will fail half way through on some files with nochg flags or 
> something  like that.

Design feature:
'schg' is the system immutable flag.  Some system files are installed 
with 'schg' for security reasons; installworld must remove this flag in 
order to install a new version of these files.  However, when 
securelevel > 0 system immutable flags may not be turned off (see 
init(8)).  An attempt to remove the system immutable flag (set 'noschg') 
will therefore fail.  As a result, installworld fails.

Canonical answer:
Reboot into single user mode to perform the installworld as documented 
in UPDATING and section 19.4.1 of the handbook.


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