Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 506508
kickstarting the serial console is suboptimal
Last modified: 2009-08-25 16:23:42 EDT
Description of problem:
I am trying to prepare a kickstart config for a server with serial console. There are several problems:
A. kickstart.cfg generated by the Fedora DVD installation contained the following line:
bootloader [...] --append="rhgb quiet"
I have edited this to read
bootloader [...] --append="console=ttyS0,115200n8"
but the resulting system based on this kickstart.cfg still had "rhgb quiet" in its kernel line in grub.conf (and in addition it had a correct "console" parameter).
B. There should be a better support for configuring/installing servers with
kickstart and serial console: a way how to remove the "splashimage" and "hiddenmenu" from the grub config, and to add something like
serial --unit=0 --speed=115200
terminal --timeout=5 serial console
It can be done in the %post-install script. But in my opinion anaconda should take the defaults from the situation during the installation process, so that adding "console=ttyS0,115200" to the command line of the installation DVD kernel should be sufficient for anaconda to add the correct options to grub.conf.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. take an existing kickstart.cfg file
2. edit the --append="rhgb quiet" line to read --append="console=ttyS0,115200n8"
3. install a new system using this kickstart.cfg
"rhgb quiet" still present in the kernel command line in the grub.conf of the newly installed system.
Rhgb and quiet boot should not be used over serial console.
Only "A" is a bug, "B" is a request for enhancement.
These issues should be fixed in the next build of anaconda. Thanks for the bug report.