Re: Enabling Serial Port Console Login
type <dmesg | more> and you should be able to see if serial ports are
available to you. You have to uncomment one of the terminal lines in
/etc/inittab. The connect speed on your terminal (or PC pretending to be
one) must be the same. The text-terminal howto <http://www.linuxdoc.org>
has many diagrams for making your own null-modem cables which are required
for computer to terminal, (computer) equipment. When you have
/etc/inittab modified you don't have to reboot the machine, just type
<init q> as root. If the terminal or PC emulating one is setup and
connected a login prompt should appear on it's screen.
If you need support for serial ports it is under the heading, "Character
devices" when used with make menuconfig.
Hope this helps.
John Kerr Anderson
Debian GNU/Linux 2.2
On Wed, 30 Aug 2000, Peter Kim wrote:
> I need to be able to login to my Linux web server, via a communications
> server (Portmaster). The communications server will be connected to web
> server with a serial cable.
> I've connected my PC to my web server's serial port (COM1) and (COM2) with
> a cross cable and tried to login with Tera Term. Tera Term cannot connect.
> Nothing shows on the terminal and anything I type does not appear on the
> I have heard that I have to recompile the kernel with some options set to
> make COM1 AND COM2 come "alive".
> 0. Is it possible to have COM1, COM2, or BOTH come alive?
> 1. What options do I have to set when I compile my kernel? I am running
> "make xconfig" and I can't seem to find any option that turns this feature
> "on" on the GUI.
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