BEASTIE.4TH(7) Standards, Environments, and Macros BEASTIE.4TH(7)


beastie.4th - loader 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. In illumos based systems, the distribution
specific logo is used. The commands of beastie.4th by themselves are not
enough for most uses. Please refer to the examples below for the most
common situations, and to loader(7) for additional commands.

Before using any of the commands provided in beastie.4th, it must be
included through the command:

include beastie.4th

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 logo.

The logo that is drawn is configured by
setting the loader_logo variable in

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.

Sets the desired column position of the logo. Default is

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 running non-x86

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(7).
beastie.4th itself.
/boot/loader.rc loader(7) bootstrapping script.


Standard i386 /boot/loader.rc:

include /boot/forth/beastie.4th

Set a different logo in loader.conf(5):



loader.conf(5), loader(7), loader.4th(7)

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