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SubjectIssue with console on non-sequential BIOS serial port

There appears to be a device naming inconsistancy with the BIOS-handled
serial ports. I'm not enough of a C coder to narrow it down, but in
terms of observed behaviour, it appears that there is a hard-coded
mapping between the four BIOS serial ports and four device nodes
(ttyS0[0-3]), which does not appear to be followed by devfs.

My hardware:

TMC dual socket 7 board, PIIX3 controller. The two onboard ports are set
to BIOS [com1:] and [com3:]. I also have a two-port ISA serial card set
to non-BIOS IO ports. The onboard port hardware does allow interrupt

The onboard ports are assigned to /dev/tts/0 and /dev/tts/1, and I have
the other two mapped with setserial to /dev/tts/2 and /dev/tts/3.

Now I put a serial console on the second port. I put a getty on
/dev/tts/1 in inittab, but at this point I discover that I have to pass
console=ttyS2,<speed> to the kernel.

Seems to work okay, until setserial opens the serial device nodes, and
the serial console is overwritten with a single repeating
character. This happens until the getty is spawned, and the serial
console appears to go back to normal: I start to see console messages on
it again.

My question is, what is the best way to resolve this inconsistancy? I
really can't change the serial port configuration, since I don't have
any free interrupts left to unshare the serial port (well, there IS irq
6, but I can't put anything on that). I also can't use serial port 0
because of cable limitations.

Could the serial code be changed to sequentially enumerate the BIOS
ports, instead of hard-mapping them?

Or, (I think this might be a better solution) specify the serial console
port directly by IO address and IRQ, then switch it to the correct
device node once serial ports are initialised?

-- Ferret (who just has to do the weirdest things to his hardware)
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