Regain control of keyboard

David Schulz david at
Wed Apr 12 05:11:00 UTC 2006

i have had the exact same thing when running portupgrade -ra on my 
freebsd 6.0 amd64, but nothing would help except to power reboot the 
computer. i tried pluggin in and out the usb keyboard, tried a ps2 
keyboard. the only thing i couldnt try if i can connect to it still via 
ssh. if i couldnt, i would say the machine was frozen.

Malcolm Fitzgerald wrote:
> Some days ago I type "portupgrade -a" on a machine which had just got 
> a clean install of FreeBSD v6, with gnome, kde, sound, graphics, etc. 
> In other words, a desktop plaything.
> Every other hour or so process would stop at on options screen and 
> wait for my input. Recently it has stopped accepting input from the 
> keyboard. The mouse is still active.
> How do I get my keyboard working again?
> impatient
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