Subject: Re: Headless install
To: Frederick Bruckman <>
From: Brett Glass <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 01/18/2002 15:23:05
At 03:08 PM 1/18/2002, Frederick Bruckman wrote:

>A mystery. As you get the "consdev" in the menu, that should mean it's

I just received a message from Perry (I'm using the Wasabi CD), who
says that the bootstrap understands how to use a serial console but
the install kernel on the same CD does not. I may need to do a kernel

>I find it's less tricky, though, with -DDIRECT_SERIAL wired
>into the bootblocks. Here...
>are some floppies I made to install NetBSD-1.5.2 on a headless machine
>with a serial console (but no BIOS redirection). I didn't keep the
>images -- I just made those today from the actual floppies -- so
>hopefully they're not corrupt.

Thank you! Once I've booted from these floppies, can I continue installing
from the CD? Or will I lose the serial console again after I install
and reboot?

I also may hit an additional roadblock: Apparently, FreeBSD and OpenBSD
do not support the Promise Ultra100 TX2 EIDE card I've just installed
and can't use disks attached to it. I'm not sure what NetBSD-1.5.2 will
do (or not) with this interface. Does anyone know offhand if it's supported?