Subject: Re: Idiots guide to serial ports.
To: Greywolf <email@example.com>
From: Eric Fox <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 12/17/2002 20:55:24
You're right! I looked at the first box with serial console and didn't
even think about. Unfortunately, the only i386 box I have w/serial
console uses the pc_weasle, so it won't be much help.
One think about ... if you're not using an actual serial console device,
such as an old VT100 terminal, you might need to use a null-modem cable
between your console device and your system.
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On Tue, 17 Dec 2002, Greywolf wrote:
> On Tue, 17 Dec 2002, Eric Fox wrote:
> # Here's what I use:
> # ttya "/usr/libexec/getty std.9600" unknown off secure
> # ttyb "/usr/libexec/getty std.9600" unknown off secure
> I thought tty00 and tty01 were the inbound serials for the i386 port,
> while ttya and ttyb were for the SPARC port. (outputs are dty&).
> To answer Ceri Storey:
> # > Hi, I'm attempting to setup a serial console on an old machine, but I
> # > can't figure out where I'm going wrong. I've got the following in
> # > /etc/ttys:
> # > tty00 "/usr/libexec/getty std.9600" unknown on secure rtscts
> # > tty01 "/usr/libexec/getty std.9600" unknown on secure rtscts
> # >
> # > The problem being that the gettys get stuck in 'ttyopn', and never seem
> # > to come out of it.
> Have you tried setting the 'local' flag?
> # > I'm fairly sure the hardware side of things is fine, scince the two
> # > sides can communicate using 'cu -l /dev/dty0x'.
> Check out tty(4):
> The /dev/ttyXX special file is used for dialin modems and terminals.
> When a user logs into the system on one of these hardware terminal ports,
> the system has already opened the associated device and prepared the line
> for normal interactive use...
> The /dev/dtyXX special file is a SunOS-compatible dialout device. Unlike
> the dialin device, opening the dialout device never blocks.
> [important part ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^]
> I would surmise that your terminal cable is not communicating the proper
> signals from the DTE in order to assert DTR/DSR, which are usually asserted
> by, e.g., a modem. You definitely want 'local' specified, there.
> # >
> # > Any input would be apprechiated.
> # > --
> # > Ceri Storey <email@example.com>
> # >
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