booting a kernel directly from stage 1/2

Dan Nelson dnelson at
Mon Feb 21 05:30:47 UTC 2011

In the last episode (Feb 19), Alexander Best said:
> On Sat Feb 19 11, Matthew Seaman wrote:
> > On 19/02/2011 02:47, Alexander Best wrote:
> > > but that won't work. i get some numbers and then it says:
> > > btx halted or something like that.
> > 
> > Can't you boot into fixit mode from installation media?  That should
> > allow you to repair the boot blocks and make your system bootable again.
> sorry if i wasn't clear enough. my system works perfectly normal. all i
> want is to avoid running through the booting stage 3 (i.e.  running
> /boot/loader), because i want to speed up the boot time.

I don't think that's been possible for a long time.  /boot/loader shouldn't
add more than a fraction of a second if you set its timeout to 0.

	Dan Nelson
	dnelson at

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