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Bug#274649: Doesn't set up serial console

Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> Package: base-config
> Severity: important
> Hi,
> Base-config should set up a getty on a serial console if the install was
> done on a serial console.

Prebaseconfig is supposed to do this.

> This is easy; make sure a line like
> T0:23:respawn:/sbin/getty -L ttyS0 9600 vt102
> is added to /etc/inittab if we're working on a serial console. Such a
> line is already present as an example in /etc/inittab; it's just that it
> should be uncommented. The configured speed isn't actually important as
> the kernel takes care of that (just have to make sure it isn't faster
> than the actual terminal's speed); but without this line, a
> serial-console-only architecture (such as m68k VME, which is where this
> bit me) will install to a full booting system that cannot be used
> because there's no way to login.

FWIW, the setup done by prebaseconfig.d/90prepare-base-config works
fine on a serial console install on SGI ip22. Maybe it breaks there
for 2.2 kernels.


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