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SubjectQuestion: Serial Console Patch?
Hi there,

I just read the notes about the serial console patch ... and I've a few more

1. Will the patch be included in the standard kernel ?
2. Does the kernel boot without any graphics device attached ?
3. Is it possible (or will it ever be ?), that the kernel switches to serial
console mode *automatically* if no keyboard (and/or graphics board) is
attached, just as i.e. a Sun does ?

I think this would be a very useful improvement for linux machines that are
used for networking purposes only. One terminal(server) would be enough to
handle a various number of different UNIX machines ...

thanks for your answers,


From: "Stephen C. Tweedie" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Jan 1997 00:02:34 GMT
Subject: Re: Serial Console Patch?


On Tue, 7 Jan 1997 21:07:35 -0800 (PST), George Bonser
<> said:

> I seem to recall an article a month or so ago posting a kernel patch =
> a serial console. WOuld someone please be so kind as to:

> 1) Point me to a kernel list archive so I can get it
> or
> 2) Repost the patch with the kernel version that the patch is against=
> or
> 3) email me the patch*

There are patches for both 2.0.27 and 2.1.17. These patches are
pretty much the same as Miquel van Smoorenburg's original ones, but
have been fixed to work on Alphas too, to use 9600 as a default baud
rate, and to recognise a serial line BRK signal even when the
controlling tty has ignbrk set. I am using these patches on both
intel and alpha boxes to great effect.



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