Subject: Re: getty - problem on a serial port
To: Phil Nelson <>
From: John Brezak <>
List: current-users
Date: 05/20/1994 13:41:24
> >Is anyone using getty on a serial port right now?  This may be
> >i386-specific, but I don't think I've been able to login using a modem
> >to my system since getty was changed to use termios.  Actually, the
> >problem may not be with getty.  After the modem connects, I get the
> >"NetBSD/ ..." message and the "login:" prompt just fine.  After typing
> >my login name, however, it prints a line of garbage and is, apparently,
> >hung.  It's kind of hard for me to debug this since I'm calling into my
> >home system and I can't tell what's happening on the system.  This is
> >running a current kernel/getty/login/libutil (but not libc) supped
> >yesterday night (Thursday).  Any ideas?  Could libc be the culprit?
> Something very similar is happening currently (since around May 10)
> on the pc532 port also.  (It always uses serial ports.)  On the pc532,
> just the output part is messed up and an appropriate "stty cs8 -parenb"
> gets it fixed.  You do need to type your password to the grabage prompt.
> I also have the "stty ..." in my login script, so I get back readable
> output before my next input is required.
> --Phil
I think I "fixed" this by creating a special gettytab entry for the console
so that the tty lines used the default. Then I changed "ap" to "ep" in the
default entry.

I remember some discussion about changing ttydefaults to 8-bit no parity
a while back - is this a dead idea ?

 John Brezak                    UUCP:     uunet!apollo.hp!brezak
 Hewlett Packard/Apollo         Internet:
 300 Apollo Drive               Phone:    (508) 436-4915
 Chelmsford, Massachusetts      Fax:      (508) 436-5122