I have another section to add to my previous post:

At some point in your dealings, you may introduce a typo into a
critical startup file,  such as rc.conf, loader.conf, fstab, or
similar, and reach the following upon reboot:

"Press enter for /bin/sh:"

To recover:

0. press enter
1. cd /etc
2. cat fstab (if you don't know the partitions & disks to mount already)
3. mount /dev/adXs1Y /usr (gives you the edit command) (find X and Y
in your fstab file)
4. mount /dev/adXs1Z / (gives you write acess to /etc) (find X and Z
in your fstab)
5. edit blah ( i.e. rc.conf) to fix the typo
6. init 6

This has helped keep me from reaching for the install disk more than
once, and it took a long time to figure out intuitively - think it
might give the newbie's a 'leg-up'


On 1/17/07, Steve Franks <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

On 1/16/07, Giorgos Keramidas <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>  On 2007-01-16 15:47, Steve Franks <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > So, this is what I have so for.  It was a bit late at night, so I appologise
> > if my tone is a bit silly at times...where do we go from here?  Steve
> [snip nicely written stuff about freezes during installation and first
> post install steps]
> Fantastic!  This looks like something that would fit quite nicely with
> the section ``Installing FreeBSD > Troubleshooting'', in the Handbook.
> Do you mind if I integrate this with the section?  Does it look like the
> right place for you to write this stuff?  Will you be able to review it
> and let me know if it looks ok?

Sounds good to me.

> You can read the current Handbook section at:

Hmmm.  Yes, I don't think the current page provides much actual help for newbies.  
Can we make sure to put links to all the appropriate man pages ( i.e. device.hints) 
in my text when we insert it?  I've found the man online to be way more useful than I 
expected for people who are willing to read.  We also could use some driver gurus to 
make my list of things to disable, and things to *not* disable both longer and 
correct - I admit I wrote that on my windows box, because my laptop bios disables the 
system (on purpose) when you put a non-compaq bsd-friendly network card in it.  Go 
big brother.  This is why I want to get the whole world to run *nix. </soapbox>

> Regards,
> Giorgos

It occurs to me that a new option on the boot menu of the .iso installer that opens a 
 version of this page in links or equiv might be most useful for newbies (I'm at 
work, so I can't check if it's <it being a help option> there already).  It 
might be useful to point to that doc if the .iso installer is started in safemode as 


Steve Franks, KE7BTE
Staff Engineer
La Palma Devices, LLC
(520) 312-0089

Steve Franks, KE7BTE
Staff Engineer
La Palma Devices, LLC
(520) 312-0089
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