BEASTIE.4TH(8) BSD System Manager's Manual BEASTIE.4TH(8)
beastie.4th -- FreeBSD ASCII art boot module
The file that goes by the name of beastie.4th is a set of commands designed to draw the ASCII art FreeBSD mascot -- known simply as beastie
-- to the right of the boot loader menu. The commands of beastie.4th by themselves are not enough for most uses. Please refer to the exam-
ples below for the most common situations, and to loader(8) for additional commands.
Before using any of the commands provided in beastie.4th, it must be included through the command:
This line is present in the default /boot/loader.rc file, so it is not needed (and should not be re-issued) in a normal setup.
The commands provided by it are:
draw-beastie Draws the FreeBSD logo.
The logo that is drawn is configured by setting the loader_logo variable in loader.conf(5) to one of
``beastie'', ``beastiebw'', ``fbsdbw'', ``orb'', and ``orbbw'' (the default).
The position of the logo can be configured by setting the loader_logo_x and loader_logo_y variables in
loader.conf(5). The default values are 46 (x) and 4 (y).
clear-beastie Clears the screen of beastie.
beastie-start Initializes the interactive boot loader menu.
The loader_delay variable can be configured in loader.conf(5) to the number of seconds you would like to delay
loading the boot menu. During the delay the user can press Ctrl-C to fall back to autoboot or ENTER to proceed.
The default behavior is to not delay.
The environment variables that effect its behavior are:
Selects the desired logo in the beastie boot menu. Possible values are: ``fbsdbw'', ``beastie'', ``beastiebw'', ``orb'',
``orbbw'' (default), and ``none''.
Sets the desired column position of the logo. Default is 46.
Sets the desired row position of the logo. Default is 4.
If set to ``YES'', the beastie boot menu will be skipped. The beastie boot menu is always skipped if booting UEFI or running
If set to a number higher than zero, introduces a delay before starting the beastie boot menu. During the delay the user can
press either Ctrl-C to skip the menu or ENTER to proceed to the menu. The default is to not delay when loading the menu.
/boot/loader The loader(8).
/boot/loader.rc loader(8) bootstrapping script.
Standard i386 /boot/loader.rc:
Set a different logo in loader.conf(5):
loader.conf(5), loader(8), loader.4th(8)
The beastie.4th set of commands first appeared in FreeBSD 5.1.
The beastie.4th set of commands was written by Scott Long <scottl@FreeBSD.org>, Aleksander Fafula <email@example.com> and Devin Teske
April 27, 2014 BSD