Decreasing Boot Time + Booting into MATE

Matthew Dillon dillon at
Wed Jul 29 09:30:12 PDT 2015

The kms console is still experimental but we will be enabling it by default
soon.  You can enable it by putting this in your /boot/loader.conf:


In terms of boot times, there aren't any shortcuts available for the kernel
boot itself but you can reduce the menu time in the boot loader by setting
the autoboot_delay variable in your /boot/loader.conf.  For example:



On Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 12:43 AM, Gautam Goel <gautamcgoel at> wrote:

> Hi guys,
> I'm a new user. I'm running 4.2 on an i3 Haswell. There are a few
> questions I
> was hoping you could help with.
> 1. How do you decrease the boot time? On my machine with an ssd, it takes
> more than 20 seconds from the time I press the on button to the time I'm
> presented with the login prompt. That's significantly worse than Windows or
> Debian, which is surprising since Dragonfly is so much smaller and more
> minimal. I notice two things: A. we are asked to press '1' to boot the
> standard OS, and B. the screen then fills up with the output of dmesg, i.e
> what drivers it can find and so forth. Is there any way to configure the OS
> so that it does A automatically? And any way to speed up B?
> 2. To get to my MATE desktop, I currently enter 'startx' at the command
> prompt. When I log out (within MATE), the screen goes black and nothing
> happens. How do I configure the machine so that A. it presents me with a
> graphical login screen at boot, not a command line and B. it allows me to
> log
> out and switch users from within MATE?
> Sorry if these are dumb questions. I looked through the handbook and the
> man
> pages and couldn't find the answers. Thanks in advance for any help!
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