Getting to NeXt Command prompt

william degnan billdegnan at
Mon Jun 19 13:29:27 CDT 2017

I think it was here on this list there was a request for instructions on
how to access the command prompt directly rather than jumping to the GUI
upon boot.  Was this ever answered?  This past weekend I tested/documented
how I was taught to do it:

Just after you power up the system "testing system" should print on the
screen (using version 3 anyway)

To get to the prompt:  Command + ~     ("Command tilde")

That will dump a person to the Next> prompt if you time it, you may have to
repeat a few times.

>From there enter the help command to see what else you can do, login etc.
To boot to the GUI, the command is

Next> boot,

or you can try

Next> bsd(0,0,0)/sdmach

thanks for the help Matthew!

[Command + ~] is a system reset.  I noticed it takes a little longer to
boot up from the command prompt that the regular GUI way.  My guess is some
set up processes only happen after the GUI requests them whereas if you
boot to the command prompt everything is "loaded" such as networking
connections.  Not 100% it might just look like it takes longer.  I have a
few other notes about getting bash working, I will post on my web site when
I get the chance.


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