Subject: Re: Q: Blind installation on DEC 3000 m300
To: Aaron J. Grier <>
From: Christian Lavoie <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 02/28/2002 18:09:16
On Thursday 28 February 2002 15:36, Aaron J. Grier wrote:

> all you're missing a usable console.  if you've gotten this far,
> everything else appears to be in order.  you can either get an install
> kernel that has console support for your framebuffer, or make/find a
> cable and do the initial install over a serial console.

What exactly happens when I get the "SWITCHING TO SERIAL CONSOLE" message? It 
hangs until a console is found?

Quite frankly, if I could use a network console instead of a physical one, 
that would help like nothing else could (I think =). Two machines (maybe more 
in the future), only one (working) set of keyboard-mouse-screen...

Which is why I was hoping to bypass the installation steps and get SSH 
running as soon as possible. From there, I'll manage. If I could disable the 
console, redirect it to a file or a socket or anything like that, that'd be 
great. As I've mentionned, I've got linux machines on the network that I 
could use for networking magic. Is there any way to plug a "TCP/IP terminal" 
to a NetBSD machine?

> I know PMAGB-B is supported -- where are those kernels again?

I don't suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.

Christian Lavoie,