Newbie Q: No login prompt on startup

dpk dpk at
Thu Aug 11 17:15:10 GMT 2005

On Thu, 11 Aug 2005, Eric Lance wrote:

> Hello all,
> I just finished installing FreeBSD 5.4 on my PC.  When i boot it
> normally all of the startup scripts finish, no errors are displayed but
> afterwards a login prompt fails to appear. If i boot in single user mode
> I get my '#' prompt right off the bat and can edit files. What is going
> on? Does my machine think I have a terminal connected to the serial
> port? What config file do i need to edit?
> I used standard install method from CD. I'm running an Nforce2 chipset
> and my HDD is SATA, but FreeBSD seems to be dealing with these just fine.
> Thank you,
> Eric

I'd check /etc/ttys and make sure you have this line:

ttyv0   "/usr/libexec/getty Pc"         cons25  on  secure

exactly as above. At the very least, with 'on' and 'secure' in the line.

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