Bug 4256

Summary: setconsole broken
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: brownb
Component: setconsoleAssignee: David Lawrence <dkl>
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Description brownb 1999-07-29 20:28:04 UTC
When I run "setconsole ttya" I get the following error

/proc/openprom/options does not exist -- cannot setup

For hosts without displays that are
placed in machine rooms, it is
very important that one can bypass the network and connect
directly to their serial ports in order to reboot them when
they hang.  The setconsole script is a hack, but on Red Hat
5.1 it did work.  Now it seems to be broken.

Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 1999-07-29 20:49:59 UTC
I'm assuming that you're running on a sparc :-)

Can you verify whether openpromfs is loaded by typing lsmod? Here's
what I see:

[jbj@orleans jbj]$ lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by
openpromfs             11988   4  (autoclean)
ipip                    5964   2
nfsd                  153892   8  (autoclean)

If openpromfs is not loaded, you will need to load. Try
	insmod openpromfs

Comment 2 Jeff Johnson 1999-07-31 23:22:59 UTC
If you are running on an i386 platform, then setconsole is not
for you. You need to use lilo boot options to set the serial
parameters. Setconsole works only on sparcs.