Help! I killed my rc.conf and cant boot correctly!

Roman Neuhauser neuhauser at
Sun Jun 29 20:26:21 PDT 2003

# bsd2000au at / 2003-06-28 16:04:58 +1000:
>  --- Adam <blueeskimo at> wrote: > On Fri,
> 2003-06-27 at 23:57, Keith Spencer wrote:
> > > Want to hear a tale of stupidity and woe.  I screwed up fbsd 4.7
> > > system rc.conf and can only seem to boot into a basic session.
> > > Cant edit or save to /etc files.  What to do and you guessed
> > > it...noboot disk was made although I have another 4.7 fbsd machine
> > > nearby.  Tell me it's not fatal guys!
> > 
> > I don't see why you wouldn't be able to boot into single-user mode,
> > edit the rc.conf, then reboot. What exactly is the problem editing
> > the files in /etc from SU mode?
> When the machine boots it drops straight into (I guess) single user
> mode. The /usr/sbin /usr/bin cant be cd-ed to and the /etc dir says it
> is read only file system! So I can't save to it.  I have a "Schlacter
> tute" fireall setup on it. With whatever security it entails.  Any
> clue? Can I interupt the boot and do something?
> This is a mission critical machine darn it...Oh dear!

    mount -u /
    mount -a -t ufs
    swapon -a
    /usr/bin/vi /etc/rc.conf

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