Bug 139784 - Installer doesn't create serial terminal entries on kernel boot line
Summary: Installer doesn't create serial terminal entries on kernel boot line
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 137971
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: anaconda
Version: 4.0
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
: ---
Assignee: Jeremy Katz
QA Contact: Mike McLean
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2004-11-18 01:02 UTC by erik nguyen
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:07 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2006-02-21 19:07:06 UTC

Attachments (Terms of Use)

Description erik nguyen 2004-11-18 01:02:39 UTC
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.5) Gecko/20030925

Description of problem:
After network installation, the installer should create the serial
terminal entries (extracted from the pxelinux.cfg/default file) and
appending them to the kernel boot line in /boot/grub/grub.conf i.e.,
adding "console=ttyS1,9600". If this is not accomplished then the
system after reboot will hang indefinitely in a blank window of the
serial console or will not display any boot messages to the serial
console until the login prompt appear by running /sbin/agetty in

The default entry I used:

label lr4b2
  kernel r4b2/images/pxeboot/vmlinuz
  append acpi=off ksdevice=eth0 console=ttyS1,9600n8 load_ramdisk=1
network ks=nfs:

The ks1.cfg I used:

langsupport en_US
lang en_US
keyboard us
mouse generic3ps/2 --device psaux
timezone --utc America/Los_Angeles
rootpw abc123
zerombr yes
bootloader --location=mbr
nfs --server --dir /home/pxeboot/sqa/r4b2
clearpart --linux
part /boot --fstype ext3 --size 64
part  swap --size 1024
part / --fstype ext3 --size 1 --grow
network --bootproto dhcp --device eth0
auth --useshadow --enablemd5
firewall --disabled
@ Everything

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. proceed to do a pxe-install using provided 'default' entry and
ks1.cfg file.

2. after installation, system will reboot

3. telnet to the serial terminal: either nothing will be displayed or
no boot messages will be displayed until the login prompt appear.

Actual Results:  no display of serial console outputs

Expected Results:  display of serial console outputs

Additional info:

The workaround is to boot the system in rescue mode then chroot
/mnt/sysimage, then edit the /boot/grub/grub.conf file to add
"console=ttyS1,9600" to the kernel boot line.

Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2004-11-18 03:18:42 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 137971 ***

Comment 2 erik nguyen 2004-11-18 04:46:34 UTC
adding 'serial' to the /pxeboot.cfg/default file solved the problem !

label lr4b2
  kernel r4b2/images/pxeboot/vmlinuz
  append acpi=off ksdevice=eth0 serial console=ttyS1,9600n8 ...

Comment 3 Red Hat Bugzilla 2006-02-21 19:07:06 UTC
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.

Note You need to log in before you can comment on or make changes to this bug.