On 5/7/2004 4:42 AM Stijn Hoop wrote:

On Fri, May 07, 2004 at 08:06:37PM +0900, Rob wrote:

Stijn Hoop wrote:

On Fri, May 07, 2004 at 05:01:29PM +0900, Rob wrote:

Funny, that I'm struggling with opposite problem: I do not get the
boot messages over the serial cable, but do get the login prompt,
which I do not understand :(.

You probably need to tell the kernel to use the serial console:

# echo '-h' > /boot.config

Ah, thanks. I don't have a /boot.config yet. Are you sure this file goes
in the top-root directory? Or in /boot/... ?

Yes, top-root /. Check the handbook, section 17.6:


You made me research a little more on this. I do have a file /boot/loader.conf.
How about having in here the line


(to divert it from the default: console="vidconsole") ?

Or will that not do the same?

Having -h in /boot.config will also allow the boot blocks to output to your serial console. I suspect console="comconsole" would help the loader + kernel. It certainly couldn't hurt I guess :)

If I understand the process correctly, settings in /boot/loader.conf override settings in /boot.config as the boot loader happens after the boot blocks. Thus by setting "comconsole" will negate any settings in /boot.config. Setting in both places is redundant and may cause problems for you when troubleshooting.

For my serial console, I set my kernel flag to 0x10 so I have console options without recompiling. Then I do my serial console settings in /boot.config as it happens earlier in the boot stage and thus, I get my serial console a little sooner.



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