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Bug#274436: i386 serial console installation report

Package: installation-reports
Version: ~/joeyh/dailybuild/i386/netboot/ 30 september 2004
Severity: wishlist


A netboot install on a i386 with serial console went mostly fine.

Here is my feedback:

* Had to use the newt frontend, but that is not funny on serial line.
Please include cdebconf-text-udeb, to make DEBIAN_FRONTEND=text possible.

* to get a nice behaving base-config [1]
You have to install the libterm-readline-gnu-perl package
in the target chroot and `dpkg-reconfigure debconf` to set readline.
Do that in a shell before reboot into second stage.[2]

* No kernel messages and no grub menu is shown on the serial console.
With this patch on /boot/grub/menu.lst it does.
diff -u -r2.0 menu.lst
--- menu.lst    2004/10/01 19:07:54     2.0
+++ menu.lst    2004/10/01 19:12:45
@@ -17,7 +17,7 @@
 timeout                5

 # Pretty colours
-color cyan/blue white/blue
+#color cyan/blue white/blue

 ## password ['--md5'] passwd
 # If used in the first section of a menu file, disable all interactive editing
@@ -84,18 +84,21 @@
 ##      howmany=7
 # howmany=all

+serial --unit=0 --speed=9600 --word=8 --parity=no --stop=1
+terminal --timeout=5 serial console
 ## ## End Default Options ##

 title          Debian GNU/Linux, kernel 2.4.27-1-686
 root           (hd0,0)
-kernel         /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.27-1-686 root=/dev/hda1 ro
+kernel         /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.27-1-686 root=/dev/hda1 ro console=ttyS0,9600n8
 initrd         /boot/initrd.img-2.4.27-1-686

 title          Debian GNU/Linux, kernel 2.4.27-1-686 (recovery mode)
 root           (hd0,0)
-kernel         /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.27-1-686 root=/dev/hda1 ro single
+kernel         /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.27-1-686 root=/dev/hda1 ro single console=ttyS0,9600n8
 initrd         /boot/initrd.img-2.4.27-1-686

Geert Stappers

[1] it doesn't shown the default in the menus, neither selections.
[2] no need to implement this in the program source code.

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