Just updated to 5.3-BETA7 -couple nits

Doug Barton DougB at FreeBSD.org
Tue Oct 5 17:05:34 PDT 2004

On Tue, 5 Oct 2004, Kim Culhan wrote:

>> From the couple small nits dept..
> After running mergemaster and rebooting, the boot hung with:
> /etc/defaults/rc.conf: 517: Syntax error: EOF in backquote
> substitution
> rc.conf had only 516 lines soo.. was there an embedded
> EOF char in the file not visible with vi ?

That's not what that error means. What it means is that while trying to 
process a backquote substitution, the shell _reached_ EOF, which 
obviously is not what you intended. This happens when you forget the 
closing backquote, quotation mark, etc.

You actually should not have ANY backquotes in rc.conf[.local], so 
either you're doing something that you shouldn't be, or you accidentally 
typed a stray backquote when trying to type something else. Either way, 
if you find the stray ` in your file somewhere, you should be well on 
your way to fixing the problem.

You can test this for yourself without rebooting by doing 'sh -x 
/etc/rc.conf'. If your file is "clean" you will get no errors, just a 
list of variables being set.




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