boot disks progress
I'm sorry but I'm not ready to upload new boot disks. I need to fix some
problems in using serial console before. I describe them below.
I'd appreciate any help.
1/ Debian is now using /dev/ttyS? for serial line consoles, so MAKEDEV does not
create it by default. However, I found the kernel is always using the old
/dev/cua?. What should I do:
- fix the kernel to use ttyS* exclusively
- or add the cua* devices into the base system ?
I rather like to fix the kernel to be in sync with our policy (section
3.3.6. Device files).
2/ how to manage /dev/console ? Init logs messages to this device unless you
overwrite it with CONSOLE=/dev/xxxx env variable, therefore it should point
to a valid device otherwise you will see no boot messages !
For example, I could change the /dev/console link to points to /dev/ttyS0 if
the installation was done on serial console. Is it right ?
3/ I should also enable a serial line in inittab with some reasonable default
settings: 9600 bauds and vt102 for example ? I don't have any real VT
console on hand to check if they work :-(
Maybe I could give the user a chance to modify it at installation time ?
For example, I could print a message telling the user to run a shell then
4/ I don't know why when I choose to reboot after I successfully ran all the
dinstall steps, the terminal is displaying garbage characters:
S.+..++ SIGKILL +. #++ ..........
WARNING: U+#.+. +. ..+..+.+. +....#.. +...SPARC.+#+..+ 2, N. K....#..
ROM R.+. 2.4.1, 64 MB +.+... .+.+#++.., S...#+ #4320135.
E+ ..+.+ #...... 8:0:20:10:7o:8#, H..+ ID: 5541..87.
T..+.++ 1 +.+. .o +.+.... S+.++ +. +. 0
SB+. .+.+ 0 +. ... .+#
SB+. .+.+ 1
SB+. .+.+ 2
SB+. .+.+ 3
B..+ ..+...: /..+./...@0,800000/..@3,0 F.+. #+. #.+.:
SCSI ..+... 3,0 .. +.+ .....+..++
C#+'+ ...+ ...+ ..+...
T... . (...+), . (..++.++.), .. + (+.+ ..++#+. +...)
I'm using minicom 1.75-3 running on a sparc as terminal emulator (VT102).
I have to reset the terminal emulation to get back to a correct display.
PS: latest informations:
I was able to log in my new installed system for the first time !!!
I was able to start to configure it (change root password, ...) but init
shutdown automagically, so I didn't get a chance to run dselect :-((
It's a big step in the right direction :-)
Hmm, I've just rebooted a last time but there's no more console login
screen :(( It's too late to investigate a bit further... I will continue
tomorrow evening. Bye.
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