6.1-BETA4 installation report

Sam Leffler sam at errno.com
Sun Mar 19 23:24:54 UTC 2006

Martin Jackson wrote:
>>> 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.

If you go to the Options panel and turn on debugging (navigate to 
Debugging, hit space, then q to quit) you'll get debug info in the 
Alt-F2 window.  That might be helpful.  I'm not sure if the logging goes 
  in a file that remains across reboot; that'd be useful for debugging 
issues like this.

>>> 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.

If you can record the steps by which you hit a problem it'd be 
appreciated.  I'm not sure I tested the Upgrade mechanism so it may have 
been broken by the mods I made to the kernel install logic.


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