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Part III. System Administration
Chapter 13. The FreeBSD Booting Process
The FreeBSD Booting Process
Synopsis
After reading this chapter, you will recognize:
The components of the FreeBSD bootstrap system and how they interact.
The options that can be passed to the components in the FreeBSD bootstrap in order to control the boot process.
The basics of setting device hints.
How to boot into single- and multi-user mode and how to properly shut down a FreeBSD system.
This chapter only describes the boot process for FreeBSD running on x86 and amd64 systems.
FreeBSD Boot Process
This section describes these stages in more detail and demonstrates how to interact with the FreeBSD boot process.
The Boot Manager
[.filename]#boot0# Screenshot
F1 Win
F2 FreeBSD
Default: F2
# fdisk -B -b /boot/boot0 device
Stage One and Stage Two
[.filename]#boot2# Screenshot
>> FreeBSD/i386 BOOT
Default: 0:ad(0,a)/boot/loader
boot: