FreeBSD Boot

Ivan Voras ivoras at
Mon Mar 21 13:34:54 UTC 2011

On 21/03/2011 13:48, Michael Klapheke wrote:
> Hi.  I know this subject has been addressed in other posts, but I cannot seem to get it to work.  I have inherited a FreeBSD server and I cannot get it to boot properly.  I read the articles on avoiding having to press the F1 key, and I tried to follow the suggestions (note, my disks are labeled "da0s1" etc.  instead of "ad0") as in the following:
> boot0cfg -B -b /boot/boot0 /dev/da0
> or even
> fdisk -B -b /boot/boot0 /dev/da0
> Neither of these prevents the user from having to press the F1 key.

It's not a configurable parameter of the boot loader, you need a 
different boot loader ("default").

However, why is that a problem? The user doesn't *have* to press the F1 
key, he can just wait 5 seconds or so and the boot will proceed with the 
last boot choice.

> I also read the tutorial on how FreeBSD boots, but I cannot find anything that helps.

T think the relevant lines from boot0cfg(8) are:

      To go back to non-interactive booting, use fdisk(8) to install the
      default MBR:

            fdisk -B ad0

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