How do I install FreeBSD kernel source code?

Q. I need to configure FreeBSD kernel but not able to find out source code in /usr/src/sys directory. How do I install FreeBSD source code?


A.Your kernel and all related source code is located at /usr/src/sys directory which is also accessible through the /sys path.

If there is not a /usr/src/sys directory on your system, then the kernel source has not been installed. The easiest way to do this is by running sysinstall as root, choosing Configure, then Distributions, then src, then base and sys
# sysinstall

Select Configure
Select Distributions
Select src
Then base and sys > Select ok

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8 comments… add one
  • SIFE Sep 17, 2009 @ 23:41

    Salamo Alikom
    does any way to get it with cvs ?

  • Cristian Navalici Oct 6, 2009 @ 16:57

    Thanks a lot for the information!
    It was helpful

  • Dask Jan 29, 2010 @ 17:56

    tnks man!
    It really help me!

  • Ben Feb 11, 2010 @ 12:26

    followed these steps, but got:

    Warning: Can’t find the ‘8.0-RELEASE-p2’ distribution on this FTP server.

    I chose many different servers. What now?

  • Ben Feb 11, 2010 @ 12:38

    actually, need to:

    # sysinstall

    then change the release name to 8.0-RELEASE and it works fine after that.

  • sateesh Jun 30, 2012 @ 18:04

    how do I install sources using pkg_add

  • bsd newbie Aug 22, 2012 @ 18:11

    Thanks. It’s very helpful. I have been benefiting from your website. Keep up the good work. :D

  • nixkid Nov 27, 2012 @ 19:51

    Sysinstall is mostly dead. It won’t install the source distribution for you any more. But now you can solve this problem in the Howto forum:

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