Subject: Re: enabling serial port as a console
To:, Justin Newcomer <>
From: Thierry LACOSTE <>
List: current-users
Date: 05/18/2005 13:54:54
On Wednesday 18 May 2005 10:12, Denis Lagno wrote:
> On Wed, May 18, 2005 at 03:55:00AM -0400, Justin Newcomer scribed:
> > im trying to set up another netbsd system, this time a i386 port
> >
> > my question is, since this machine is going to be running headless,
> > how can i set it so that i can bring up a console session via the
> > serial port
> something like:
> installboot -v -o password=3Dxxx -o timeout=3D9 -o console=3Dcom0 -o sp=
> /dev/rwd0a /usr/mdec/bootxx_ffsv1 /boot
> also there should be a line /etc/ttys like:
> console "/usr/libexec/getty std.115200" vt220   on secure

Many architecture's firmwares (e.g. sparc, alpha, sgi) let you control
the machine via a serial console if it is booted without a keyboard.
AFAICS there is no such facility with PC's BIOS.
How do you configure an i386 such that it can boot NetBSD either "normall=
or via a serial console?