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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Adding ctrl-o sysrq hack support to 8250 driver
On Fri, Dec 09, 2005 at 03:05:59PM +0100, Olaf Hering wrote:
> a POWER4 system in 'full-system-partition' mode has the console device
> on ttyS0. But the user interface to the Linux system console may still
> be on the hardware management console (HMC). If this is the case, there
> is no way to send a break to trigger a sysrq.
> Other setups do already use 'ctrl o' to trigger sysrq. This includes iSeries
> virtual console on tty1, and pSeries LPAR console on hvc0 or hvsi0.

So it's a POWER4 problem.

> 'ctrl o' is currently mapped to 'flush output', see 'stty -a'

Eww... If you can't use a serial break, why can't you use an
established control character like ctrl-] (telnet) or [enter]~ (ssh) ?

If you really want to use ctrl-o, could you make a way that pressing
ctrl-o twice sends a single ctrl-o to the process attached to the

> Signed-off-by: Olaf Hering <>
> drivers/serial/8250.c | 7 +++++++
> 1 files changed, 7 insertions(+)
> Index: linux-2.6.15-rc5-olh/drivers/serial/8250.c
> ===================================================================
> --- linux-2.6.15-rc5-olh.orig/drivers/serial/8250.c
> +++ linux-2.6.15-rc5-olh/drivers/serial/8250.c
> @@ -1154,6 +1154,13 @@ receive_chars(struct uart_8250_port *up,
> */
> }
> ch = serial_inp(up, UART_RX);
> +

If it is a POWER4-only problem, why isn't there a dependency on
CONFIG_POWER4 over here? I don't like to have the ctrl-o sysrq stuff
enabled on my regular PC if it only matters to some rare (in absolute
numbers) system.


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