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Re: Headless install on LX164

On Tue, Nov 23, 1999 at 11:50:38PM +0000, Adam C Powell IV wrote:
> Hello again,
> Okay, so I tried taking the linux kernel off the rescue floppy and
> replacing it with the Northern Linux one which came with the machine, so
> it definitely has the serial console compiled in.  Rebooted, and it
> gives me:
> VFS: Insert root floppy disk to be loaded into RAM Disk and press ENTER
> <did that>
> RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0
> VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem) readonly.
> Freeing unused kernel memory: 120k freed
> Warning: unable to open an initial console.
> EXT2-fs warning: checktime reached, running e2fsck is recommended
> Why can't it open an initial console?  It has no problem doing so when
> booting from the same kernel on the hard drive.  Any ideas?  Has anyone
> installed Debian on headless LX164?

I have.  A while ago.  Unfortunately my memory is a bit foggy.  I think
you have to change the console device on the root floppy so it looks

$ ls -l /dev/console 
crw--w--w-    1 root     tty        5,   1 Nov  6 05:41 /dev/console

I believe that the one on the floppy is a symlink to /dev/tty.

Good luck,


Greg Johnson                          gjohnson@physics.clarku.edu
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