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Re: all kinds of problems installing with IPMI serial-over-IP terminal


Thanks! (more below, inline)

Philipp Kern wrote:
On Tue, Oct 02, 2012 at 03:10:48PM -0400, Miles Fidelman wrote:
The thing is, that the serial terminal is rather crippled - some
things seem to get recognized, others not (function keys are
particularly problematic, though that might be the Mac term
You might want to try xterm within X11. It's generally much more sane with
relation to escape sequences.
Great idea.  I'll try that.
So... general comment that, at least in the stable version, the
installer really doesn't support a basic remote serial terminal all
that well.
It works just fine with HP iLO in ncurses mode and I'm pretty sure that
I completed an installation on a Supermicro IPMI. I think the latter
used console redirection, though, not true serial.
FYI: It is console redirection, but via the (virtual) serial port. The newer SuperMicros support both KVM-over-IP (and provide an on-board web server that supplies a Java KVM client), AND serial-over-IP. I've found the KVM to be even flakier than the serial support. I've also got a couple of older servers that don't support KVM.

In general, try to install from a linux box with a proper terminal. I've heared
that one can emulate virtual machines nowadays.
Another good idea - and I do have a couple of those sitting around (though even the one under my desk runs headless - I'll have to reallocate a display and keyboar :-).

Thank Again,


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In practice, there is.   .... Yogi Berra

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