Subject: Re: headless install
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From: David Laight <>
List: tech-install
Date: 08/10/2002 17:45:20
> It is not a new feature. At least in 1.5.2 you could press any key
> during the bootloader msg and type 'consdev com0' for switching the
> console to the serial port.

The serial console support seems to be conditionally compiled out
of the biosboot.sym build.

I'm not sure why, but it is possibly due to space constraints.
(I added ~200 bytes of code and got the stack crashing into data.)
A little bit of work recovered about 10k of code/data space,
so with those changes maybe the serial console support could
go back in? (I haven't looked at all the differences though).

I had a thought of making the bootloader read (say) /boot_cmds
when it times out and issue the command from it, and only
issue 'boot' if the file is absent.


David Laight: