How can I repair wrong /etc/rc.conf ?

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Tue Mar 9 06:10:35 UTC 2010

oscar Seo <oscar815 at> writes:

> I'm using FreeBSD 6.4 + windowmaker in IBM notebook.
> I edited /etc/rc.conf to use LAN other ip address is different from my home
> address in my school.
> I got error message from this
> [
> /etc/rc.conf: 131: Syntax error: Unterminated quoted string
> Enter full pathname of shell or RETURN for /bin/sh:
> ]
> so that I returned, I decided to edit /etc/rc.conf using vi.
> But freebsd didn't find vi, less any other application.
> I can't modify even if read /etc/rc.conf.
> fortunately I can use cat so I found my fault sting from /etc/rc.conf but I
> can't modify any files cause the system changed into read only file system.
> How can I repair /etc/rc.conf file with fault statements using any editor?
> Thanks in advanced.
> Oscar

There is an entry in the FreeBSD FAQ titled "I made a mistake in
rc.conf, or another startup file, and now I cannot edit it because the
file system is read-only. What should I do?"

It's exactly what you need.
Lowell Gilbert, embedded/networking software engineer, Boston area

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