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Date:      Sun, 12 Oct 2014 13:19:43 -0600
From:      Dave Babb <>
Subject:   Re: SOLVED WITH QUESTIONS Re: Latest NVidia Driver Issue
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I ask the last question because the handbook states that
"/boot/defaults/loader.conf" is read before "/boot/loader.conf" in stage
three of the boot process. the relevant portion of the handbook states:

"The loader will then read |/boot/loader.rc|, which by default reads in
|/boot/defaults/loader.conf| which sets reasonable defaults for
variables and reads |/boot/loader.conf| for local changes to those
variables. |loader.rc| then acts on these variables, loading whichever
modules and kernel are selected.

However my loader.rc doesn't mention this file

//-----------------------Begin cut-n-paste

\ Loader.rc
\ $FreeBSD: release/10.0.0/sys/boot/i386/loader/loader.rc 151874
2005-10-30 05:41:42Z scottl $
\ Includes additional commands
include /boot/loader.4th

\ Reads and processes loader.conf variables

\ Tests for password -- executes autoboot first if a password was defined

\ Load in the boot menu
include /boot/beastie.4th

\ Start the boot menu
//---------------------end cut-n-paste


Remember, this is common to default installs of 10.1 RC, and fresh
default installs of 10.0. So there is a common denominator here..... I
just don;t know where or who to ask for resolution.

My issue is solved by me moving the module over....But that is not going
to solve the issue for other NVidia users who do a clean  or new
install....And especially for new users to FreeBSD installing for their
first time...

Thank you for assistance,

Sincerely and respectfully,


On 10/12/14 12:44, Michael Sierchio wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 12, 2014 at 10:48 AM, Dave <> wrote:
>> I researched where the loader looks for modules, and it looks like
>> /boot/modules is not in it's search path. /boot/modules was where the nvidia
>> module was put after I built it from ports.
> kudzu@daggoo:~ 204> sysctl kern.module_path
> kern.module_path: /boot/kernel;/boot/modules
> you could add this to your /boot/loader.conf
> module_path="/boot/kernel;/boot/modules"     # Set the module search path
> - M
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