Bug 6638 - Init Doesn't Echo Startup messages to terminal
Init Doesn't Echo Startup messages to terminal
Status: CLOSED NOTABUG
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: initscripts (Show other bugs)
6.0
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Bill Nottingham
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Reported: 1999-11-02 00:47 EST by woody
Modified: 2014-03-16 22:11 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-11-23 23:33:51 EST
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Description woody 1999-11-02 00:47:31 EST
Computer is configured (via lilo boot params) to echo
kernel messages to terminal. This works, but Init (version
2.74) does not echo the nice subsytem startup messages to
the terminal, but instead to tty1, leaving the terminal
looking like the computer has hung, because there is a huge
time gap between the last kernel message (Freed XX Memory)
and the login prompt.

ta.
Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 1999-11-22 11:37:59 EST
What boot parameters are you using?
Comment 2 woody 1999-11-22 18:57:59 EST
26 [~]@es-dns (admin)> more /etc/lilo.conf
boot=/dev/hda
map=/boot/map
install=/boot/boot.b
prompt
timeout=50
serial=0,9600
append="console=ttyS0,9600n8 console=tty0"
image=/boot/vmlinuz-2.2.5-15
        label=linux
        root=/dev/hda5
        read-only
27 [~]@es-dns (admin)>
Comment 3 Chris Siebenmann 1999-11-23 18:30:59 EST
This is the unfortunate expected behavior. The problem is that
while LILO and the kernel have a notion of multiple nominal
consoles that can all be active simultaneously, the /dev/console
that program output goes to can only go to one place. One can
send it to the serial port, or to a console screen such as
/dev/tty0, but not both at once.
Comment 4 woody 1999-11-24 00:44:59 EST
Apparently, the last console given to the kernel is the one that /dev/console
will eventually point to:

i.e.

append="console=ttyS0,9600n8 console=tty0"

and

append="console=tty0 console=ttyS0,9600n8"

give reverse results.

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