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BOOT0CFG(8)		FreeBSD	System Manager's Manual		   BOOT0CFG(8)

     boot0cfg -- boot manager installation/configuration utility

     boot0cfg [-Bv] [-b	boot0] [-d drive] [-e bell character] [-f file]
	      [-i volume-id] [-m mask] [-o options] [-s	slice] [-t ticks] disk

     The FreeBSD `boot0' boot manager permits the operator to select from
     which disk	and slice an i386 machine (PC) is booted.

     Note that what are	referred to here as "slices" are typically called
     "partitions" in non-BSD documentation relating to the PC.	Typically,
     only non-removable	disks are sliced.

     The boot0cfg utility optionally installs the `boot0' boot manager on the
     specified disk; and allows	various	operational parameters to be config-

     On	PCs, a boot manager typically occupies sector 0	of a disk, which is
     known as the Master Boot Record (MBR).  The MBR contains both code	(to
     which control is passed by	the PC BIOS) and data (an embedded table of
     defined slices).

     The options are:

     -B	     Install the `boot0' boot manager.	This option causes MBR code to
	     be	replaced, without affecting the	embedded slice table.

     -b	boot0
	     Specify which `boot0' image to use.  The default is /boot/boot0
	     which will	use the	video card as output, alternatively
	     /boot/boot0sio can	be used	for output to the COM1 port.  (Be
	     aware that	nothing	will be	output to the COM1 port	unless the mo-
	     dem signals DSR and CTS are active.)

     -d	drive
	     Specify the drive number used by the PC BIOS in referencing the
	     drive which contains the specified	disk.  Typically this will be
	     0x80 for the first	hard drive, 0x81 for the second	hard drive,
	     and so on;	however	any integer between 0 and 0xff is acceptable

     -e	bell character
	     Set the character to be printed in	case of	input error.

     -f	file
	     Specify that a backup copy	of the preexisting MBR should be writ-
	     ten to file.  This	file is	created	if it does not exist, and re-
	     placed if it does.

     -i	volume-id
	     Specifies a volume-id (in the form	XXXX-XXXX) to be saved at lo-
	     cation 0x1b8 in the MBR. This information is sometimes used by
	     NT, XP and	Vista to identify the disk drive. The option is	only
	     compatible	with version 2.00 of the 512-byte boot block.

     -m	mask
	     Specify slices to be enabled/disabled, where mask is an integer
	     between 0 (no slices enabled) and 0xf (all	four slices enabled).
	     Each mask bit enables corresponding slice if set to 1.  The least
	     significant bit of	the mask corresponds to	slice 1, the most sig-
	     nificant bit of the mask corresponds to slice 4.

     -o	options
	     A comma-separated string of any of	the following options may be
	     specified (with "no" prepended as necessary):

	     packet  Use the disk packet (BIOS INT 0x13	extensions) interface,
		     as	opposed	to the legacy (CHS) interface, when doing disk
		     I/O.  This	allows booting above cylinder 1023, but	re-
		     quires specific BIOS support.  The	default	is `packet'.

	     setdrv  Forces the	drive containing the disk to be	referenced us-
		     ing drive number definable	by means of the	-d option.
		     The default is `nosetdrv'.

	     update  Allow the MBR to be updated by the	boot manager.  (The
		     MBR may be	updated	to flag	slices as `active', and	to
		     save slice	selection information.)	 This is the default;
		     a `noupdate' option causes	the MBR	to be treated as read-

     -s	slice
	     Set the default boot selection to slice.  Values between 1	and 4
	     refer to slices; a	value of 5 refers to the option	of booting
	     from a second disk.  The special string "PXE" or a	value of 6 can
	     be	used to	boot via PXE.

     -t	ticks
	     Set the timeout value to ticks.  (There are approximately 18.2
	     ticks per second.)

     -v	     Verbose: display information about	the slices defined, etc.

     /boot/boot0     The default `boot0' image
     /boot/boot0sio  Image for serial consoles (COM1,9600,8,N,1,MODEM)

     The boot0cfg utility exits	0 on success, and >0 if	an error occurs.

     To	boot slice 2 on	the next boot:

	   boot0cfg -s 2 ada0

     To	enable just slices 1 and 3 in the menu:

	   boot0cfg -m 0x5 ada0

     To	go back	to non-interactive booting, use	gpart(8) to install the	de-
     fault MBR:

	   gpart bootcode -b /boot/mbr ada0

     geom(4), boot(8), gpart(8)

     Robert Nordier <>

     Use of the	`packet' option	may cause `boot0' to fail, depending on	the
     nature of BIOS support.

     Use of the	`setdrv' option	with an	incorrect -d operand may cause the
     boot0 code	to write the MBR to the	wrong disk, thus trashing its previous
     content.  Be careful.

FreeBSD	13.0			October	1, 2013			  FreeBSD 13.0


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