single user mode freebsd11/rpi2

Paul Mather paul at
Sat Sep 12 15:21:24 UTC 2015

On Sep 12, 2015, at 11:04 AM, John <freebsd-lists at> wrote:

> Hello list,
> I need to either make the system single user node by either becoming
> it (as root, shutdown now) or booting into it (either at the boot prompt or
> with nextboot) and I can do neither, so obviously I'm going about this
> the wrong way. "shutdown now" never returns a prompt and 
> "nextboot -o "-s" -k kernel *will* boot the kernel after shutdown -p
> but I get no prompt. Last two lines of output:
> warning: no time-of-day clock registered, system time will not be set accurately
> random: unblocking device.
> and there it sits. I left it for 15 mins to make sure it wasn't just slow.
> ctrl-alt-del rebooted the pi but other than that, nothing had any effect.
> ** also, rebooting didn't fix this. Nextboot, when it boots, attempts to zero
> nextboot.conf but it couldn't do this. In order to get it to boot again
> I had to remove the config by taking the sd card out and mounting it
> on another machine. ***
> How can I make it single user mode? The reason this needs to be done is
> I need to move some filesystems around.

Are you using a serial console?  When you do "shutdown now" it is probably dropping into the serial console.  IIRC, it's the only type of console supported on the Raspberry Pi right now, though I may be mistaken.

(I've only ever used a serial console on the Raspberry Pi.)



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