Ok, 7 seconds doesn’t seem like much… but if you’re rebooting a live server then every second of downtime counts – so why not?
This is a simple change that reduces the timer on the initial FreeBSD menu from 10 seconds to 3 seconds. (I don’t recommend reducing it below 3 seconds, as it may make it more difficult for you to use the menu should you ever need to!)
Ok, so you need to edit the /boot/loader.conf file (or create it if it doesn’t exist) and add the following line:
and that’s all you need to do. Next reboot, the timer will start at 3 instead of 10 and you have a reboot that takes 7 seconds less than before.