freebsd forgets root password

Adam Vande More amvandemore at
Sat Oct 24 01:46:04 UTC 2009

On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 7:56 PM, kalin m <kalin at> wrote:

> hi all ....
> this is really weird.
> i've must have set up the root password on this new machine i got at least
> 5 times and after a few reboots this thing forgets it.
> i have to go in single user and reset it again and again?!?
> what can be the reason?

Couple guesses:

You keep forgetting the password
caps lock

> it'a brand new install of freebsd 7.2  amd64 (amnesiac)  ...  fits the
> name...

amnesiac is the name freebsd uses when no hostname is set.

> while i'm on here... the machine comes with an ethernet card on board that
> according to pciconf there is no driver for it. pciconf identifies the card
> as Marvell Semiconductor (was: Galileo something...) which according to the
> handbook needs the msk driver. which is in the generic kernel anyway. the
> thing is pciconf says none2 at pci0:2:0:0 for that card. dmesg doesn't
> mention anything about msk. and sysinstall doesn't see anything either. so
> far so awesome...

man msk

> now... the wireless card i put in. ralink technology. in the office here
> there is a simple wifi router that is "protected" with WPA password. if i
> get rid of the password and just use ifconfig to get to the router
> everything works ok but putting the wpa on again and using the supplicant
> things suck. ifconfig says the card is associated. and it gets an ip but
> that's pretty much all that happens. pings to a neighboring machine produce
> huge dropouts. with  85% packet loss. another awesomeness...  and those are
> pings to ips. dns is pretty much nowhere to be found. sysisntall has
> <unknown network interface type> for ral0...

This has always worked well for me:

Adam Vande More

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