This is very much related to #13564. The setup is described there in detail.
As of beta5 or so, the kernel messages will be shown properly when you use (secondary -- didn't test with primary)
However, LILO prompt appears broken if and only if you use the new VGA screen. That is, you get:
Note! You can't enter any input (e.g. linux single) there!
If you disable the VGA screen, secondary console fine, and the boot looks something like:
hmmm ... I am unable to reproduce this problem (the inability to enter text mode
at the lilo splash screen, and subsequently type in boot parameters):
using rc2, I am able to install with an append="console=ttyS0,19200n8" line in
my lilo.conf for the default linux boot label ... and upon reboot, I'm able to
use ^X to enter text mode at the VGA splash screen, and am able to add boot
Please try using:
I think the problem occurs only when serial console is secondary. I use this to setup "backup" serial consoles (for systems that still do have VGA).
this behavior is verified with the above append line, you can not enter lilo
parameters over the serial line ...
uh, why did you assign this to me?
Does this still happen with current releases?
Tested on RHL73:
1) whether primary or secondary console, if using message= in lilo.conf, you
cannot pass any parameters (a "duplicate" of #24286)
2) you can pass parameters with secondary console is no message= is defined.
Marking as duplicate even though this was a much earlier report.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 24286 ***