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Old 04-13-2007, 03:29 PM   #1
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FreeBSD wont load after editing /etc/rc.conf


I recently just installed FreeBSD. I edited the /etc/rc.conf to try and have gdm load automatically at startup. It seems I failed to check my typing and I forgot to add the closing " after typing gdm_enable="YES"

After restarting I am stuck with the message

Code:
Loading configuration files.
/etc/rc.conf: 16: Syntax error: Unterminated quoted string
Enter full pathname of shell or RETURN for /bin/sh:
If I just hit enter it doesn't seem like I can log in to edit the file. When I did the install I set my user login shell to /usr/local/bin/bash, so I tried typing that but says no such file or directory.

How would I log into it to correct the error? I have a Mepis live cd I could try to use if there isnt a way to do it from the install but I don't know how to access the file from the live cd.

Thanks for any help,

Joe
 
Old 04-13-2007, 03:59 PM   #2
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Code:
Loading configuration files.
/etc/rc.conf: 16: Syntax error: Unterminated quoted string
Enter full pathname of shell or RETURN for /bin/sh:
type /bin/csh here, then /bin/cp /etc/rc.conf /etc/rc.conf.old and hit CTRL D two times or reboot.
You may also need to remount / with RW: /sbin/mount -o rw /

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When I did the install I set my user login shell to /usr/local/bin/bash, so I tried typing that but says no such file or directory.
You dropped into single user mode where /usr partition is not mounted until you do that manually with /sbin/mount /usr
 
Old 04-18-2007, 12:11 AM   #3
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Hey vermaden, I apologize for taking so long to respond.

It seems I do have to remount / first as if I dont I get cp: /etc/rc.conf.old :Read-only file system

but after typing /sbin/mount -o rw / and entering /bin/cp /etc/rc.conf /etc/rc.conf.old and hitting the ctrl d twice I no longer get the message saying it is read-only but I am still left with the same error after exiting the shell and rebooting.

Does it seem I did something wrong in the above or do you have any other suggestions?

As much as I hate to just give up, would it be best to just reinstall? I did this just after the install so I dont have anything on the computer that would be lost.

Thanks for the help so far

Joe
 
Old 04-19-2007, 06:34 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by JoeC21
Hey vermaden, I apologize for taking so long to respond.
that is not a problem for me.

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Originally Posted by JoeC21
but after typing /sbin/mount -o rw / and entering /bin/cp /etc/rc.conf /etc/rc.conf.old and hitting the ctrl d twice I no longer get the message saying it is read-only but I am still left with the same error after exiting the shell and rebooting.
Sorry, I fucked up, You should do
Code:
/bin/mv /etc/rc.conf /etc/rc.conf.old
instead of
Code:
/bin/cp /etc/rc.conf /etc/rc.conf.old
My fault.

now as it will load check /etc/rc.conf.old line 16 and make it proper and then save it as /etc/rc.conf.

You can also post later this fault /etc/rc.conf.
 
Old 04-19-2007, 11:54 PM   #5
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That did it, fixed the file and gdm loads fine now.

Thanks for the help

Joe
 
Old 04-20-2007, 05:57 AM   #6
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You are welcome.
 
  


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