RC2 binary upgrade: var/empty: no chmod allowed

Martin Jackson mhjacks at swbell.net
Wed May 3 03:55:31 UTC 2006

Hello everyone,

When BETA4 was released, I installed it on a very old machine of mine, 
and tried doing a binary upgrade from 6.0-RELEASE to 6.1-BETA4.  I got 
an error almost immediately that it failed to write because it couldn't 
chmod var/empty (due to the schg flag being set).  I also had other 
problems which in retrospect were likely pilot error.  Around that time, 
a bunch of other stuff came up and I let the matter drop.

I just binary upgraded my 6.1-BETA4 installation to 6.1-RC2 and ran into 
the same thing.  I was able to work around it by using the holographic 
shell to chflags /var/empty so that the installer could write to it, 
which it does when I retry the install.

BTW - I am doing a custom distribution set including base, doc, games, 
info, man, and the GENERIC kernel.  Everything else I install from 
either a local cvsup mirror or a package build machine.

Has anyone else seen this?  I can't rule out pilot error here.


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