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

Ulrik Søgaard ulriksaa at
Fri Aug 23 09:46:28 UTC 2013

On 23 August 2013 10:41, Doug Hardie <bc979 at> wrote:

> 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:
> rc_debug="YES"
> 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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You can use "rcorder /etc/rc.d/* /usr/local/etc/rc.d/*" to show the order
of which the startup scripts is run.

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