6.1-BETA4 installation report

Martin Jackson mhjacks at swbell.net
Sun Mar 19 22:44:14 UTC 2006

>> 1)  The upgrade errored out almost immediately on /var/empty, since it 
>> had been chflags'ed to nschg.  I went to the shell and chflags'ed that 
>> off, and upgrade continued.
> It's supposed to be that way, so something is wrong if this is causing
> problems :(

Agreed. :)  Looking through the source to sysinstall, it looks like I 
should have a /boot/kernel.prev, but I don't.  Perhaps the install of 
base went more poorly than I thought?  I wound up not having 
/boot/kernel at all.

>> 2)  The 'kernels' distribution wasn't installed at all, which led loader 
>> to complain upon reboot.  I had an old kernel installed, so I booted 
>> from that and used sysinstall to install GENERIC.  I also had to change 
>> loader.conf to reference 'kernel="GENERIC"'.  Is this the preferred way 
>> to do it, or should I move 'GENERIC' to 'kernel'?
> It should be installed as kernel.  Again I don't know how you got
> something else :(

Hm.  I will try to reinstall with 6.0-RELEASE and try to do the binary 
upgrade again, and see what happens.  Things will be different; this 
system was my first attempt to go to STABLE before I upgraded it so I 
can't rule out errors of my own in this case.


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