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Re: Dumb Terminals

>To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
>From: debian-user@mips.rhein-neckar.de
>Subject: Re: Dumb Terminals
>Date: 30 Jul 1998 21:58:33 +0200
>Reply-To: naddy@mips.rhein-neckar.de
>In article <009C9F1E.4C71F0D8.9@uwwvax.uww.edu>,
><keatingjp17@uwwvax.uww.edu> wrote:
>> I have some old computers that I would like to use as dumb terminals.  
>> was wondering if someone could point me to a good howto or faq on how 
>> set this up or perhaps give me some tips and or help.  
>Among a zillion other things this is covered in the Serial-HOWTO, which
>you probably have on your system as /usr/doc/HOWTO/Serial-HOWTO.gz.
>You need a terminal program on the computer you want to use as a
>terminal. Connection by a null-modem cable.
>Actual configuration on the Linux host side is trivial. You need to 
>init(8) to spawn a getty on that particular serial port. Enter an
>appropriate entry in /etc/inittab. There's an example there. E.g.,
>I use:
>T6:23:respawn:/sbin/getty -hL ttyS6 38400 vt320
>-L tells getty that this is a local line, i.e. not connected to a 
>-h tells it to use RTS/CTS flow control (not required but recommended).
>Then there's the serial port, which is probably ttyS0 or ttyS1 unless
>you have a multi-port card, the speed and terminal type. For the latter
>two, use what your dumb terminal (or emulation thereof) supports.
>After editing /etc/inittab you need to tell init(8) to re-read its
>configuration file. The "telinit q" command will do this.
>Christian "naddy" Weisgerber                  
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Please correct me if I am not understanding the question, but I belive 
you originally asked if the connection to the "dumb" device could be 
done without a cpu/OS (PC) between the "dumb" station and the server.  I 
would not even begin to guess how to make a "monitor/keyboard/mouse" 
talk serial, (or any other way), to a server without some form of cpu.

Bill (Reboot) Bell

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