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Re: Indigo2 Kernel Boots!!!

To: "Kevin D. Kissell" <>
Subject: Re: Indigo2 Kernel Boots!!!
From: Harald Koerfgen <>
Date: Fri, 01 Dec 2000 16:33:48 +0100 (CET)
Cc:, Klaus Naumann <>, Jesse Dyson <>, Ralf Baechle <>
In-reply-to: <001901c05b67$8c88ab60$0deca8c0@Ulysses>
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Reply-to: Harald Koerfgen <>
On 01-Dec-00 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.
> Having been through the exercise a dozen or more times with
> the SGI 2.2 kernel distributions for the Indy, I would be fascinated
> to know what bug I was painting over, and where the correct
> procedure was documented.



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