On Friday 14 March 2008 11:24:57 am Jason Barnes wrote: > Hi -- I'm running a "Tombstone" machine that's functioning as a > server. The machine is located somewhere with a fast connection, and > not somewhere that I have easy access to. As such, I want this > machine to do its best to boot up and get onto the network, no matter > what happens on boot, so that I have a chance to actually fix the > problem. > > Lately when it boots it runs into an NFS mounting error, claiming that > some of my NFS-mounted drives have unexpected inconsistencies. It > says "unexpected error - help!" and then quits to a /bin/sh > single-user-mode prompt. As I am 10 miles away, this is decidedly > unhelpful. I don't care if it can't mount some irrelevant drive or > not; I want it to boot up and ask me questions later.
You probably want your NFS entries in fstab to have the "noauto" option, and you _definitely_ want the last two fields to be zeroes. Even if you _do_ want the NFS mounts to come up at boot I would still set them to be noauto and then write your own script to try to mount them later. > Is there a way that I can set the machine to do its best to boot no > matter what it finds at boot time? Thanks in advance for any help you > can provide, The bootup rc script is just a sh script, you can hack it to do whatever you want. That said, it only bails out if there's a (potentially) significant problem. Given that this is a remote machine, you should be extra-careful when modifying anything to do with the startup process, especially fstab or any firewall rules. You could also look at options like a serial console, IP KVM, or something like a LightsOut card for your system. JN _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"