single user login

Devin Teske devin.teske at
Wed Aug 10 01:03:13 UTC 2011

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-freebsd-questions at [mailto:owner-freebsd-
> questions at] On Behalf Of Gerald Stoller
> Sent: Tuesday, August 09, 2011 3:47 PM
> To: questions FreeBSD
> Subject: single user login
>         I haven't used my  FreeBSD  system/account for some time and I forgot its
> password.  I know that there is a way to login as a single root user without a
> password, but I don't remember how to do it.  I tried a quick look at the
> Handbook, but I couldn't find anything about it there.  Please send me the
> directions for doing so.

At the initial boot screen press any key (except ENTER) to interrupt the 10-second countdown timer.

At the resultant "ok>" prompt, type:

	boot   -s

and hit ENTER.


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