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Re: Indigo2 Kernel Boots!!!

To: "Kevin D. Kissell" <>
Subject: Re: Indigo2 Kernel Boots!!!
From: Ralf Baechle <>
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 00:59:42 +0100
Cc: Jesse Dyson <>, Klaus Naumann <>,
In-reply-to: <00f601c05ae8$19014500$0deca8c0@Ulysses>; from on Thu, Nov 30, 2000 at 05:10:32PM +0100
References: <> <00f601c05ae8$19014500$0deca8c0@Ulysses>
On Thu, Nov 30, 2000 at 05:10:32PM +0100, Kevin D. Kissell wrote:

> When the init process fires up, it opens /dev/console as the
> console output device.  A default SGI workstation installation
> file system will have /dev/console bound to the major/minor device
> node of the graphics display console.  If you want to run with a serial
> console, you must therefore change this to bind /dev/console
> to the serial port.  You can do this by doing an explicit mknod,
> or by linking to the appropriate serial port device node,
> which is usually /dev/ttyS0.

Which both are wrong.  /dev/console should be a char device major 5, minor 1.
There is no need to change this ever except for very old kernels.  With 2.2
or 2.4 whenever people change /dev/console's major/minor it's usually painting
over some bug.


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