Trimming the default /boot/device.hints

John Baldwin jhb at
Mon Jan 26 14:36:57 PST 2009

On Monday 26 January 2009 5:02:29 pm Alfred Perlstein wrote:
> * John Baldwin <jhb at> [090126 13:57] wrote:
> > On Monday 26 January 2009 3:38:24 pm Alfred Perlstein wrote:
> > > There's no way to conditionally include them based on if
> > > ISA is present?
> > 
> > No, but I dare you to show me a box with ISA expansion slots that you plan 
> > run 8.0 on. :)  Or rather, I dare you to show me _enough_ of said boxes to 
> > where removing these hints from the default set will inconvenience more 
> > than the folks having their ethernet come up as le1 in vmware guests. :)
> I agree with you, I was just wondering if it was just a matter of
> a few lines of code somehow so that some enthusiast who wants to play
> with FreeBSD on some old piece of junk doesn't get some cryptic
> error that sort of reduces them to "toggling in load.conf tunables
> at the console". :)

Heh, well, what will happen is that their device won't work until they either 
edit /boot/device.hints and reboot, or toggle in the tunables at the loader 
prompt.  :-P

John Baldwin

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