The boot code currently used in FreeNAS has been nearly completely converted into shell scripts. This has been done to use the FreeBSD sysvinit system and to make FreeNAS working more like FreeBSD. This enables us to provide the ability to use the FreeBSD package system without any big code changes. Because of the FreeNAS system architecture this is only possible on the new harddisk installation option that will be provided with 0.685b.
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