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Re: [RFC] Call for review of GNU/screen support for D-I (was Re: Merge orion5x/kirkwood to flavour marvell and marvell-qnap)

On May 8, 2016, at 10:50 AM, Roger Shimizu <rogershimizu@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, May 3, 2016 at 4:13 AM, Rick Thomas <rbthomas@pobox.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, May 2, 2016, at 10:01 AM, Roger Shimizu wrote:
>>> On Sat, Apr 30, 2016 at 10:02 AM, Rick Thomas <rbthomas@pobox.com> wrote:
>>>> When I’m installing Debian on one of the serial-console-only boxes, such as the SheevaPlug or OpenRD, I usually use the “network console” option that allows me to use ssh to login and run the Debian installer from the comfort of my office chair — away from the cold noisy machine room!  If I need to see the logs or test some parameters, I can always ssh again and get another shell window.  Of course, I still have to be there at the start-up, to push the “reset” button and use the serial console to handle the initial bootstrap/installation questions before the ssh server becomes available, but that’s only for a few minutes.
>> OK, I think I get it now.  This would make the serial console
>> installation functionally much closer to the "normal" install (e.g.
>> desktop machine with video console).  The ability to pick up and resume
>> a dropped session is an added bonus.
>> As I said, I'll be happy to help test it.
> I made a local armel build supporting GNU/screen, and uploaded all
> files to my g/drive:
>  https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BzkkBTJUgwbhTldTd18yTFZCQ2s#list
> (there're only two local built udeb file in localudebs/ folder:
> libtinfo5-udeb_6.0+20160319-2_armel.udeb
> screen-udeb_4.3.1-4_armel.udeb
> so this will be official after these two packages get uploaded.)
> So you can have a test on your armel devices.
> For devices originally use "netboot" image, please use "netboot/screen" image;
> for devices originally use "network-console" image, please use
> "network-screen" image.
> You should get GNU/screen started when you connect via serial console or SSH.
> You can switch windows by "Ctrl-A [1-4]". (press Ctrl-A, release both
> keys, and press the window number)
> All operation is exact same as normal GNU/screen usage.
> If you have any question or suggestion, just feel free to let me know.
> Thank you!
> Cheers,
> -- 
> Roger Shimizu, GMT +9 Tokyo

Thanks, Roger!

I’ll give it a try on one of my sheevaplug boxes.

As I understand it, I will follow the instructions on Martin’s page at
using the uImage and uInitrd files from your page at

Is that correct?

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