autologin from console not working on FreeBSD-11.1p2

Antonio Olivares olivares14031 at
Mon Oct 30 13:20:27 UTC 2017

On Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 8:58 PM, Polytropon <freebsd at> wrote:
> On Thu, 26 Oct 2017 20:35:55 -0500, Antonio Olivares wrote:
>> On /etc/ttys I have in ttyv0 and changed Pc to Al.  And the entry in
>> /etc/gettytab is the placed at the very end of the file.
>ttyv0   "/usr/libexec/getty Al"         xterm   on  secure
> That is correct.
>ttyv0   "/usr/libexec/getty Al"         xterm   on  secure
>> In one machine it
>> has xterm , while the older 9.2* machine has cons25 as I just copied over.
>> Maybe something changed?
> Yes. The default "text mode" (basically gone with the sc -> vt move)
> now is xterm.
>> I will add the tc part over and see if it works on
>> Monday.
> As you can see from "man gettytab", tc is "table continuation",
> and from a working example I think this should be included.
>> I will have workshop tomorrow and may not get a chance to check if
>> adding the tc part makes it work.  I am using shell $ sh and have
>> ~/.xinitrc and ~/.profile are correct with the test if console then startx
>> and that works.
> According to "man sh", using ~/.profile is the correct approach.
> As you're probably not going to interact with /bin/sh much (as
> it is the default scripting shell, not the default dialog shell),
> it probably doesn't matter as all you need is something to bring
> up X with a desktop environment.
>> Just that I am getting password prompt.  I login to shell
>> then startx, using lumina desktop.
> The problem probably is with the gettytab entries. Check them
> when you can, and compare with the solution mentioned. It is
> of course possible that during the course of FreeBSD development,
> things have changed in a way that it doesn't work anymore... :-/
> --
> Polytropon
> Magdeburg, Germany
> Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
> Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

now adding the "tc=pc' part after al=olivares:tc=Pc did the job.  It
automatically logins as the other machines.  As always thank you for
your help.

in /etc/ttys
I changed Pc to Al as follows:
ttyv0   "/usr/libexec/getty Al"         xterm   on  secure

in /etc/gettytab:

# log me in automatically
A|Al|Autologin console:\

and it now works.

Best Regards,


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