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Absolute FreeBSD, 3rd Edition by Michael W. Lucas

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4START ME UP! THE BOOT PROCESS

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While FreeBSD boots easily and automatically when you turn on the power, understanding exactly what happens at each stage will make you a better system administrator. Intervention during the boot process is rarely necessary, but one day you’ll be glad you know how to do it. And once you’re comfortable with adjusting the boot process, you’ll find you can solve problems you’ve previously accepted and endured.

We’ll start by discussing how the system loader starts and gathering information from the loader. You can use the loader to change the early boot process, including booting alternate kernels and starting in single-user ...

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