Boot manager beep (revisited)

Alex Zbyslaw xfb52 at
Mon May 1 09:31:40 UTC 2006

Giorgos Keramidas wrote:

>On 2006-04-30 22:34, Eric Anderson <anderson at> wrote:
>>This thread:
>>mentions a patch to disable the boot manager beep, and also
>>discusses having it optional. 
>Does something like the following sound reasonable (I haven't had a
>chance to run this through a build-test, so use with care).  The
>default behavior should be to *include* a beep, but it can be turned
>off by setting WITHOUT_BOOTEASY_BEEP in `/etc/src.conf'.
I have a very similar patch which I pulled from somewhere not long after 
switching to 5.4.  That wrapped the beep inside #ifdef SIO (which I 
assumed was something standard, but don't know) so that you got a beep 
with a serial console and not without.

I can see the advantage of the beep when running headless, but for 
anything with a console the beep just seems like something out of the 
1970s.  My vote (fwiw) would be to reverse the logic and have 
WITH_BOOTEASY_BEEP so that it's off by default unless you turn it on 
with the option *or* if you have a serial console (assuming that SIO is 
something standard).

At the same time I also patched so that NTFS filesystem was recognised 
as "DOS", to get rid of the ?? on standard dual-boot Win/FreeBSD 
machines.  For me, this still comes in under 512 bytes, though I don't 
know by how much since the make process seems to pad to 512 bytes.  The 
?? has been a recurring "complaint" and the fix was easy enough and 
"works for me" (TM).


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