I think I have support compiled in; using make xconfig, under Character Devices,
I selected support for console on virtual terminal, and didn't select support
for console on serial port. la -la shows /dev/console. I did modprobe -c and it
showed "alias char-major-5 serial".
I do get console messages on the x-console window. Does the "alias char-major-5
serial" from modprobe mean that the messages are (also) being set to a serial
port (like /dev/tty0)?
I also noticed can't find char-major-108, but modprobe doesn't list a
Strange thing is that I get xconsole messages (including the above) and ppp
Martin Fluch <firstname.lastname@example.org> on 11/23/99 09:11:28 AM
To: Mike Heyes/LincolnFP/BerisfordPlc@BerisfordPlc
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Subject: Re: char-module-5
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On Tue, 23 Nov 1999 firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> Mr. Potato keeps sending me a console message telling me it can't find
> module char-major-5, but I don't have any modules compiled with my
> kernel, and I can't find any docs telling me anything about this. Can
> anybody clue me in about what this is and how to correct this?
/usr/src/linux/Documentation/devices.txt gives the answer (here from the
kernel 2.2.13 source tree):
5 char Alternate TTY devices
0 = /dev/tty Current TTY device
1 = /dev/console System console
2 = /dev/ptmx PTY master multiplex
64 = /dev/cua0 Callout device corresponding to ttyS0
127 = /dev/cua63 Callout device corresponding to ttyS63
(5,1) is /dev/console starting with Linux 2.1.71. See
the section on terminal devices for more information
It seem, that your kernel has no support compiled in for these devices...
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