Speed up FreeBSD reboots by 7 seconds

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:

autoboot_delay=”3″

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.

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