termcap under single luser

Antony Mawer fbsd-current at mawer.org
Mon Aug 4 22:28:12 UTC 2008

Bernd Walter wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 09:58:20AM -0300, Carlos A. M. dos Santos wrote:
>> On Mon, Aug 4, 2008 at 1:11 AM, Randy Bush <randy at psg.com> wrote:
>>> if i boot single luser, /rescue/(vi|ed) etc barf because
>>>   lrwxrwxrwx  1 root  wheel  23 Oct 11  2007 /etc/termcap@ ->
>>> /usr/share/misc/termcap
>>> is not mounted.
>>> should i
>>>  rm /etc/termcap
>>>  cp /usr/share/misc/termcap /etc
>>> post build, or is there something else i am missing?
>>> randy
>> You can ever resort to ed if you can not mount /usr. It saved my neck
>> several times!
> I almost always use ed in single user mode, because I'm using serial
> consoles and I'm too lazy to setup my terminal environment each time.
> But I clearly vote for termcap in /etc.
> It is just a about 200k, while /etc is already almost 2M and /boot
> is much bigger.

Isn't there a minimalistic termcap file that is used by NanoBSD or 
PicoBSD (I forget where I stumbled across it once upon a time...)? Maybe 
this is a nice compromise, depending on what 'minimalistic' happens to 


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