NFS server not responding prevents boot

Steven Hartland killing at
Thu May 18 17:38:10 PDT 2006

I was doing some kernel patches the other day and rebooted
a FreeBSD 5.4 machine to pick them up, unfortunately I didn't
notice someone had put in a bad nfs mount in /etc/fstab
i.e. to a machine that no longer existed.

This prevented the server coming back onto the network
enough to fix the error ( sshd never started ). With the
machine being remote I ended up having to send an engineer
in to press CTRL + C on the keyboard to enable the machine
to boot ( didn't know it would be that simple before he got
there ).

Anyway the big question is how can I change all our NFS
mounts so that failed mounts dont prevent the machines
booting to the point where they can be fixed remotely
i.e. have started sshd.


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