[ntp:questions] Building FreeBSD V8.0 kernel for PPS

Richard B. Gilbert rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Wed Apr 14 13:46:38 UTC 2010

Dave Baxter wrote:
> In article <_didnRMzOqHxZlnWnZ2dnUVZ_q6dnZ2d at giganews.com>, rgilbert88
> @comcast.net says...
>> G8KBV wrote:
>>> In article <F49920CD-8C36-4B78-94F1-1D8D5C09243F at mac.com>, 
>>> cswiger at mac.com says...
>>>> On Apr 13, 2010, at 1:40 PM, G8KBV wrote:
>>>>> When I 'make buildkernel KENRCONF=PPSGENERIC'
>>>>> Nowt happens, except a short error message to the effect that it doesnt 
>>>>> know how to build the kernel.
>>>>> Err, what!????
>>>> That should be KERNCONF, not KENRCONF.  Of course, you should provide the exact error message, rather than an interpretation of it.
>>>>> Anyone here know what went wrong, or do I go looking for a newbie 
>>>>> friendly f'bsd group (not found one of those yet.)
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>>>> Regards,
>>> Chuck:
>>> Typo on my part.  In the posting AFIK.
>>> I tried it a few times, though not to say I didn't type it wrong each 
>>> time.   It's late now and that machine is currently off, so will have to 
>>> wait till much later, like late tomorrow.
>>> I can't copy/paste from the FreeBSD machine to this one, and I have no 
>>> idea how to copy paste from the command line/terminal screen, to a 
>>> floppy (or anything else!) but the error was very short, but almost 
>>> literaly "dont know how to build PPSGENERIC"  No other details were 
>>> shown.
>>> Michael:
>>> As to 'cd /usr/src' before issuing the make command, yes, of course I 
>>> did that, but you are right to to ask.
>>> Nite nite.
>>> Dave B
>> The error message suggests, to me, that there is something wrong with 
>> your make file.  The other possibility is that you have misspelled the
>> name of the file.
>> Remember that the computer is absolutely literal; it will do, or attempt 
>> to do exactly what you told it to do.  This will not necessarily be what 
>> you meant!
>> "Managing Projects with make" is an excellent book available from 
> I didnt make the make file.   Or is that the problem?   I'm only 
> following instructions after all.
> And yes.  "Computers only do exactly what you tell them to do, not what 
> you meant them to do!"   I know that only too well.
> I'm not a computer novice, far from it.  I'm only a noob in respect to 
> FreeBSD.
> Dave B.

Different O/S's have different little quirks.  And, face it, every brand 
of "Unix" has its own.

I think we would need a great deal more information in order to pinpoint 
the problem!  If you made it work, congratulations.  If you still need 
help, you know where to find us.

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