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Re: Headless Installation

On Mon, May 22, 2000 at 01:31:02PM +0000, Florian Kunkel wrote:
> I just tried to install potato onto an Intel isp1100 19" server.
> This servers do not have a VGA card so I have to install it redirecting
> the console to the serial port.

> I was used to append the following lines to my lilo prompt to redirect
> kernel messages to ttyS0 while startup:
> 	serial=0,9600n8 console=ttyS0,9600

uhm, the kernel only understands the console= parameter. The serial option
is lilo specific - and I'm not sure you're able to use this on the boot

> but the Debian install/resccue disks/cds stop loading after a while.

It seems the default kernel has no support for serial console compiled in.
compile your own with CONFIG_SERIAL=y, CONFIG_SERIAL_CONSOLE=y, copy the
bzImage to your install disk (this used to work in slink) and continue.
since you're at it, you might want to modify floppy's syslinux.cfg to
append console=ttyS0

> PS: do I need to start a getty on ttyS0 to make use of the console (as I
> do at the moment), or is there another need  option to directly control
> the server via a serial interface ?

yes, you need to run a getty on ttyS0 - if you want to use your box in
multi user mode via sercon. Single user login works fine without.


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