Booting multiple choice, and pause to read bootup info

Yuri Pankov yuri.pankov at
Tue Jun 22 01:45:19 UTC 2010

On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 08:19:22PM -0500, J. Porter Clark wrote:
> 1. I'd like to be able to expand the list of choices in the
> boot menu (the menu with single user mode, safe mode, etc.) to
> include booting in any of several different environments, e.g.,
> home wired, home wireless, work wired, work wireless.  Hacking
> the FORTH code isn't entirely out of the question, but before
> I even try it, I need to know how I could tell the system to
> switch among different rc.conf files (if that's even possible)
> from the loader.  Offhand, I don't see a mechanism for doing so.
> Cleverer ideas welcome.
> 2. Usually, when the system boots, there are several lines
> showing the kernel and various modules loading, possibly with
> diagnostics.  Is there a way to pause after that stage, so that
> those lines can be read?  Or is there any way to retrieve them
> after the system has booted?

You are probably looking for /var/run/dmesg.boot.

> -- 
> J. Porter Clark      <jpc at>


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