system hangs on; "Probing devices, please wait (this can take a while)... "

Bruce Cran bruce at
Wed Jul 21 15:28:33 UTC 2010

On Wed, 21 Jul 2010 09:04:53 +0000
"Thomas Mueller" <mueller6727 at> wrote:

> I wonder if FreeBSD is the only OS with 
> "Probing devices, please wait (this can take a while)... "
> Nothing like this occurs in NetBSD or Linux; I've also installed
> various DOSes (MS-DOS 4.01 and upgrade to 5; DR-DOS 7.03 and FreeDOS;
> OS/2 1.3 through (Warp) 4) although MS-DOS 4.01 (back in 1990) and
> OS/2 had their own problems.

Only FreeBSD has sysinstall - that message gets displayed when
sysinstall starts as it checks what devices are available for it to
register internally.  It's a message from userspace, not the kernel.
Bruce Cran

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