Launching a CURSES based application on bootup and before getty launches

Scott Ullrich sullrich at
Sun May 17 02:25:26 UTC 2009

On Sat, May 16, 2009 at 9:47 PM, Scott Ullrich <sullrich at> wrote:
> Hello CURRENT,
> I am trying to launch a CURSES based program (BSDInstaller FrontEND
> prior to full system bootup.
> After launching the curses based program everything on the console
> seems to block.   If I press CTRL-D then I see the curses based screen
> appear but the console is still blocked (does not accept keyboard
> input).
> Anyone have any pointers or suggestions?  The ISO is available here if
> someone wants to give it a spin:
> The idea is being able to launch a recovery console (BSDInstaller
> option) to rescue config.xml from a failed hard disk and allow the
> system to use the newer config.xml on bootup in a LiveCD environment.
> Appreciate any help, comments, questions, etc.
> Thanks all,
> Scott

Well it seems emailing this list brings good luck!   Just resolved the
issue and happy to say it was not FreeBSD's fault. Sorry for the


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