can't reboot after messing up my rc.conf file

Jamie Novak novak at
Thu Feb 17 02:02:04 GMT 2005

I may have missed something from the thread before I joined the list,
but is there any reason you can't just mount the filesystems and use vi
as you're used to? If you're getting far enough in the boot process to
get an opportunity to interact with a shell, you should just be able to
mount -a and vi whatever. (Or, if you want to play it safe (or if the
system wasn't cleanly shutdown before), fsck and then mount -a)

Otherwise, Chris Hodgins' suggestion of mv'ing the old file out of the
way and echoing variables into a new one is probably what I'd do. I hate

On Wed, 2005-02-16 at 13:42, aklist_061666 wrote:

> Hi All:
> I was editing my rc.conf file and left off a quote mark, and now when
> I try to reboot I get an error and am prompted to drop into shell to
> fix it.
> The default prompt is /bin/sh, and if I hit return I get a prompt.
> How can I edit the file while I'm in that prompt? VI doesn't
> there another text editor I can use to fix the file?

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