Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 58738
serial install doesn't leave a way to log in to the serial console
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:39:10 EDT
Description of Problem:
After doing a serial install, there is
1) no aboot.conf entry for the serial console (console=ttyS0 without
2) no *getty process running on the serial port
3) no /etc/securetty entry for ttyS0 to allow root login on the serial console
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Red Hat Linux release 7.1.90 (Roswell)
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Perform a serial installation
2. Try to boot and log in on the serial console
Using installed aboot.conf entries, kernel messages can be directed to ttyS0,
but not userspace messages (i.e. boot messages once init has started).
There is now way to log in on the serial console
To be able to send all console messages to ttyS0 and login in as user/root on
7.1 installed mgetty, ran it on ttyS0, and added ttyS0 to /etc/securetty with a
7.1 with a serial install also had a console=ttyS0 entry in the installed
2) and 3) should be fixed with modifications to bootloader.py to append
console=ttyS0 if flags.serial is set, as kudzu should detect that /dev/console
is a serial terminal on bootup and add the getty, etc.
A serail line (ttyS0) only option needs to be in aboot.conf on both the install
CD and on the target install system disk. DS20L systems do not have a graphics
*** Bug 58995 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Fixed in RC1.
I'm closing this case because it was fixed in the Feb 22 delivery. Please let
us know if you still see any problems with this issue.