Finding exactly which commands, and in which order, rc is running at startup

Doug Hardie bc979 at
Fri Aug 23 08:41:49 UTC 2013

On 22 August 2013, at 13:07, Paul Hoffman <phoffman at> wrote:

> Greetings again. After doing a freebsd-update, my system is starting up differently than it was before. I want to figure out why before I come here and say "it's broken".
> Is there a way to say "show me all of the commands you are running during startup"? It would be grand if I could say "tell me what you would do next time (dry run)", but "what did you do last time" is OK too.

You can add:


to /etc/rc.conf and that might give you what you need.  According to the man page it will "produces copious output to the terminal and syslog(3)"

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