[PC-BSD Testing] Upgrade to 8.1 fails

Jeff dejamuse at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 27 11:30:28 PDT 2010

Thanks Kris,

I had neglected to backup /usr/Programs, only the symlinked version - doh!.

When I dropped to the emergency shell and chrooted in, /usr was empty.  It appeared like I wasn't in the old environment.

How can I get this stuff off the disk?  I can no longer boot up with the old system.  I have two disks in the system so if I can just get a live CD going and mount the drives I can get stuff off that way.


--- On Tue, 7/27/10, Kris Moore <kris at pcbsd.org> wrote:

From: Kris Moore <kris at pcbsd.org>
Subject: Re: [PC-BSD Testing] Upgrade to 8.1 fails
To: testing at lists.pcbsd.org
Date: Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 1:32 PM

On 07/27/2010 13:01, Jeff wrote:

        I can't wait much longer to resolve this as this computer
is my dev box.


I don't mind starting over with a fresh install so long as I don't have
to reinstall a zillion PBIs and add-ons for Firefox, plus myriad other
system settings.


I had backed up my home directory as well as the etc, and PROGRAMS
directory.  Is that sufficient to start over and just move the contents
of those directories over?  I just realized that PROGRAMS is nothing
more than symlinks so that probably won't work, right?


Thanks, Jeff


Yea, I don't think a kernel panic is going to be something we can fix
quickly. Maybe try with acpi disabled, and baring that you'll want to
do a fresh install.  

If you backup your /usr/home and /usr/Programs directory though, that
should be be enough to bring all your apps back. Also grab
/usr/local/kde4/share/applnk for your PBI menu icons and such.

With that kernel panic, it may be a good idea to report it to the
FreeBSD folks so they can get a look at what may be causing the crash. 


Kris Moore
PC-BSD Software

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