Login to FreeBSD

Matthew Seaman matthew at FreeBSD.org
Wed Sep 29 08:58:43 UTC 2021

On 28/09/2021 10:08, Luiz Greff wrote:
> With the SourceForge's Win32 Disk Imager v0.90, I installed
> *"FreeBSD-13.0-Release-i386-memstick.img"* on a flash drive, using a
> Pentium 4 / Win Xp-SP3 / 32-bit computer. With the flash drive I installed
> FreeBSD on a Hard Drive. All normal, until FreeBSD required Login /
> Password and rejected all login attempts. I tried everything. Where did I
> go wrong? How can I finally open the FreeBSD working screen?

One of the last actions the installer does is to have you set a root 
password.  Remember this password.  Then, when the newly installed 
system boots up and you get to the Login: prompt, type:


(which is the username you want  to log in as)  You will then get a 
Password: prompt, where you should type in the root password you set 
during the installation.  What you type here will not be echoed back on 
the screen; there won't even be asterisks or anything, just blank.  So 
you're typing completely blind.  Still, you should be able to type in 
the password and hit return, at which point either you'll get an error 
message saying password or username was incorrect, or you'll get to a 
shell prompt which will end with a '#' character, which is a successful 
login.  Sorry to belabour the obvious a bit there, but I wanted to make 
sure all bases were covered.

Be aware that both  the username and password are case sensitive, so 
check your caps-lock key... It is also possible to have space characters 
in a password, that you will need to type in -- unlike many text entry 
fields, additional space characters do not get automatically trimmed.

If you're expecting a graphical user interface to start up, then I'm 
afraid you're going to be disappointed: the standard FreeBSD installer 
doesn't assume that is what you want and set it up for you.  The 
handbook describes what you will need to do next in order to get a 
graphical interface working.  Or you could use one of the desktop 
oriented FreeBSD-based distributions like NomadBSD instead.  (These are 
pretty much the standard BSD base with a bunch of other software 
installed and automatically configured to make them usable as a desktop 
system from the start.)



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