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Date:      Sun, 13 May 2007 19:43:14 +0200
From:      David Landgren <>
To:        Sam Lawrance <>
Subject:   Re: Skipping "F1 FreeBSD" prompt on boot
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Sam Lawrance wrote:
> On 13/05/2007, at 6:15 PM, Matthew Seaman wrote:
>> Hash: SHA256
>> Sam Lawrance wrote:
>>> On 12/05/2007, at 8:59 PM, Matthew Seaman wrote:
>>>> Hash: SHA256
>>>> David Landgren wrote:
>>>>> I have a disk that has only FreeBSD on it, and so I would like to skip
>>>>> the initial F1/FreeBSD prompt. boot0cfg -v ad0 says:
>>>>> options=nopacket,update,nosetdrv
>>>>> default_selection=F1 (Slice 1)
>>>>> ... what do I have to do to say JFDI instead of prompting? This is not
>>>>> the sort of thing I want to fiddle around experimenting, so a little
>>>>> guidance would be most appreciated.
>>>> fdisk -B -b /boot/mbr /dev/ad0
>>>> You installed the FreeBSD boot sector stuff, which gives you the 'press
>>>> F1'  business.  Replace that with the standard mbr, which just boots
>>>> straight up.
>>> Rather than replacing it, you can use boot0cfg to set a really short
>>> timeout instead; in case you might want that functionality one day.
>> Heh.  It's not like you only get one chance to rewrite the boot blocks
>> on any particular drive.  If anyone needs to (re-)install the FreeBSD 
>> boot
>> blocks, then you can do very simply it by:
>>    boot0cfg -B -b /boot/boot0 /dev/ad0
>> or even
>>    fdisk -B -b /boot/boot0 /dev/ad0
>> Or if you need to boot from a serial console you can change /boot/boot0
>> to /boot/boot0sio
> Sure, but why get rid of it, when leaving it in with a short timeout 
> costs you nothing.

A fair point, but in this particular case, FreeBSD is the only thing on 
the drive, and likely to remain that way until the disk dies of 
mechanical failure. I just don't need that prompt, especially the 
annoying beep it makes.


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