Recovering if Something Goes Wrong

Compiler errors are not uncommon. If you're running the same source tree that you've had since you installed the system, an error in the compile process (where the compiler fails to complete, usually citing “*** Error code 1”) is probably the result of some unstable kernel option or device that you've enabled. See if you can determine which one it is by inferring from the last few lines of the compiler output. If it's not obvious, you can find some guidance by visiting the FreeBSD Web site ( and searching the mailing list archives on some of the unique words in whatever compiler errors were generated.

If you've updated your sources since installing your system (a process described in the ...

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