read only file system

Manx Biaggi manxbiaggi at
Fri Feb 7 23:57:35 GMT 2003

Thanks to everyone for all your help, ive only had FreeBSD about 3 days and
its great to see everyone muck in to help.
None of the options worked for me in whole (I didn't try booting from CD
mind) I don't know if it was because I only have a root account and no
other, I did mount as rw as suggested, then copied the rc.conf from
/etc/defaults to /etc/ and that got me booted again.
But to be honest I didn't have a clue....
Still don't I think LOL

Ta very much

----- Original Message -----
From: "Roger McCalman" <roger at>
To: "Manx Biaggi" <manxbiaggi at>
Cc: "adrian johnson" <eyewarp at>; <freebsd-users at>
Sent: Friday, February 07, 2003 9:31 PM
Subject: Re: read only file system

> On Fri, Feb 07, 2003 at 08:51:38PM -0000, Manx Biaggi wrote:
> > LOL ive done exactly the same right now as well, but cant get vi to work
> > either, I think I need to login or something , I know you cant edit that
> > file except as root. so what can I do :-(
> If problems occur during boot the / can be mounted read-only. It has just
> happened to me as well (a long story)
> Use 'mount -o rw /'
> to remount / as read/write you may also need to mount the other
> file systems to get /tmp, /usr/bin etc.
> Cheers, Roger

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