Now I do love that cheeky little BSD Daemon, don't get me wrong. I enjoy watching him scampering around my server screen.
But I do like to be able to watch my servers as they boot up. Just to make sure all's workin' jus' fine.
Particularly I like to wait for the good ol' "Starting sshd.." to decide to move along so I can watch the rest of the bootup show.
Trouble is, the BSD screensaver defaults to 300 seconds and that just ain't time enough for Mr. SSH and his lame-ass friends to get their arses in gear.
Sometimes this happens if you're behind a NAT gateway and sometimes BSD boots without this long pause. Many theories have been posted, but I hvae yet to find a fix for my own setup.
Anyway, so I like to edit /etc/rc.conf and put in a few more blanktime seconds..