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Re: -current hangs; serial console oddities

On Sat, 6 Dec 2008, David Young wrote:

On Fri, Dec 05, 2008 at 12:51:37PM -0600, David Young wrote:
Am I alone in noticing strange stalls and peculiar serial console behavior
in -current?  The problem is at least as old as version 5.99.01.

I just booted my test machine, a Soekris net4521, and the boot messages
stopped here:

Starting cron.
Fri Dec  5 11:25:32 CST 2008

NetBSD/i386 (

I tapped enter a few times, and a login prompt did appear---I
typed my login and Enter, and waited:

NetBSD/i386 (cuw) (console)

login: root

Here is a new wrinkle: sometimes the line 'NetBSD/i386' line
is as above, sometimes it is:

NetBSD/i386 (cuw) (constty)

I expect for it to be either 'constty' or 'console', always, but not
one or the other!  What's going on, there?  FWIW, the system seems to
behave equally badly whether it says 'console' or 'constty'.

Which one do you have enabled in /etc/ttys?

Are you getting "getty repeating too frequently on <blah>" syslog messages?

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