Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 728923
Serial console is not configured
Last modified: 2014-09-30 19:40:22 EDT
Description of problem:
I installed F16 Alpha RC1 while following this test case:
The installation over serial console went fine. But the installed system is not configured to be accessible over serial console.
'systemctl status serial-getty@ttyS0.service' reports the service to be 'inactive (dead)'. 'ttyS0' is not listed in /etc/securetty. There are no 'console' kernel options in /boot/grub2/grub.cfg.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
F16 Alpha RC1
Marking as F16Beta blocker:
When booting a system installed without a graphical environment, or when using a correct configuration setting to cause an installed system to boot in non-graphical mode, the system should provide a working login prompt without any unintended user intervention when boot is complete, and all virtual consoles intended to provide a working login prompt should do so
Reproduced for anaconda 16.14.3 (Alpha RC3).
(master commit c767123d7e79a82e6323676aed644398abf3f3ee incorrectly references this bug. it should reference bug 712459)
Kamil, can you please retest with:
Ales, your patch fixes the problem. Thanks.
Thanks, pushed to master 02fd25bcb15f58c841d73d83391785a35d099875.
This will only appear post-alpha.
Discussed in the 2011-08-26 blocker review meeting. This doesn't hit any of the beta release criteria  and thus was not accepted as a blocker. It was accepted as an NTH for Fedora 16 beta since it is heavily used in headless installs.
Will revisit blocker status at the next meeting if this isn't fixed by then.
Kamil, can you confirm this is fixed in TC1, and if so, close the bug? 16.15-1 already went stable. thanks!
Unfortunately serial console stopped working for me in libvirt. I don't know what's wrong, but I can't re-test this bug right now. Can somebody else pitch in?
OK, so serial console installation is not working. I don't know whether this bug is fixed, because there is a new bug that makes the whole process fail: bug 735790.
Discussed at 2011-09-09 blocker review meeting. Agreed this is rejectedblocker as for now we have no serial console release criteria; we may add one in future, but we didn't see the need to take this bug right now.
I just tried this with a beta TC2 netinstall on an x86_64 VM.
When I try to install over serial console (console=ttyS0), there is output on the console while booting but anaconda doesn't start up in the serial console - it starts on the "monitor" of the VM.
Tim, I guess you forgot to append "serial" kernel option. I re-tried on i686 and the installation goes fine up till the bootloader installation, then I hit #736993, same as Hongqing.
Serial console was configured correctly for me on Beta after I worked through BZ 743642
(In reply to comment #11)
> Discussed at 2011-09-09 blocker review meeting. Agreed this is rejectedblocker
> as for now we have no serial console release criteria; we may add one in
> future, but we didn't see the need to take this bug right now.
Can serial console install/upgrade please be added to the test criteria before F17 releases?
For us, this is a fairly common scenario.
This bug is obsolete, closing.