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Date:      Thu, 18 Aug 2011 05:46:48 -0400 (EDT)
From:      Gerald Stoller <>
To:        questions FreeBSD <>,
Subject:   Re: single user login
Message-ID:  <>

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I tried 2 of the suggested solutions, first the one that said when I get 
the "#"
prompt I should type in "boot -s" and the second that when I get to the 
prompt I should type in "boot -s".  With the first I got the response
"boot: permission denied", and with the second I go to the the regular 
sequence ending in "press enter to go to ..." and going to the regular 
(although not getting there because a variable [I introduced] is used 
but not
set).  I'm thinking of getting a boot floppy or CDROM (I'll look to see 
I already have one) and getting in that way.  I remember creating a copy
of  ksh  that is owned by  root  for emergency stuff, I'll try to get to 
Where is  find ?  Is it in  /bin ?

On Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 4:38 AM, Ruben de Groot wrote:

> On Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 05:09:07PM +0200, Bernt Hansson typed:
>> 2011-08-16 03:21, Gerald Stoller skrev:
>>> I booted up my  FreeBSD system  and it never presented me with a 
>>> "Boot:
>>> " prompt.
>>> Maybe that is because my system is old (remember I haven't used it 
>>> for
>>> years),
>>> its version # is  4.3  or  4.7  (I have 2 versions on my hard disk). 
>>> My
>>> system
>>> went through a bunch of boot/recovery/initialization steps and then 
>>> went
>>> to the
>>>   login:  prompt.  When I tried to interrupt it, I got to a 
>>> primitive
>>> system that
>>> used an  ok  prompt, and "help" tells you all (I believe) the 
>>> commands
>>> that it
>>> accepts and can perform.
>> Restart the machine and wait for the boot loader menu.
>> Then choose "boot freebsd in single user mode"
> I don't recall there was a boot loader menu in FreeBSD 4.x
> Just interupt boot by pressing a key, giving you the OK prompt. Then 
> boot -s
> to go to single user mode (if that's what you want)
> --
> Ruben

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