single user login

Ruben de Groot mail25 at
Wed Aug 17 08:38:44 UTC 2011

On Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 05:09:07PM +0200, Bernt Hansson typed:
> 2011-08-16 03:21, Gerald Stoller skrev:
> >I booted up my  FreeBSD system  and it never presented me with a "Boot:
> >" prompt.
> >Maybe that is because my system is old (remember I haven't used it for
> >years),
> >its version # is  4.3  or  4.7  (I have 2 versions on my hard disk).  My
> >system
> >went through a bunch of boot/recovery/initialization steps and then went
> >to the
> >   login:  prompt.  When I tried to interrupt it, I got to a primitive
> >system that
> >used an  ok  prompt, and "help" tells you all (I believe) the commands
> >that it
> >accepts and can perform.
> Restart the machine and wait for the boot loader menu.
> Then choose "boot freebsd in single user mode"

I don't recall there was a boot loader menu in FreeBSD 4.x
Just interupt boot by pressing a key, giving you the OK prompt. Then boot -s
to go to single user mode (if that's what you want)


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