Installation - VT4

Tim Judd tajudd at
Mon May 11 19:52:52 UTC 2009

On Mon, May 11, 2009 at 1:18 PM, Eitan Adler <eitanadlerlist at>wrote:

> When you install freeBSD via sysinstall you could switch to VT2 which
> displays what files it is currently installing and you could switch to
> VT4 which displays some kind of prompt. What exactly is that prompt? sh?
>  What utilities does it have access to?  When would you want to use it?
> --
> Eitan Adler
> "Security is increased by designing for the way humans actually behave."
> -Jakob Nielsen

ttyv4 is the holographic shell otherwise mentioned.  It only has access to
built-in commands (such as echo, cd, etc)

It's really limited and so far, haven't found a use for it yet.  I think it
was a "new thing" when sysinstall was out and was useful back then.  Since
then, we've kept it and just haven't done much to it.

If you find a use, share it.

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