Howto fix watchdog timeout in FreeBSD 7.xNovember 12th, 2010 at 16:41
During the shutdown of a Virtual Machine with FreeBSD 7.3 installed on I ran into the error “30 second watchdog timeout expired”. At this machine there are several jails installed and due to this error they didn’t shutdown properly.
The cause is a default timeout of 30 seconds as defined in /etc/defaults/rc.conf. It seems to me a very short time.
How to set the watchdog timeout
You can set the time-out by adding the following line to your /etc/rc.conf:
In this case the time-out is set to 300 seconds. That worked fine for my application.