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Re: Indigo2 Kernel Boots!!!

To: "Ralf Baechle" <>
Subject: Re: Indigo2 Kernel Boots!!!
From: "Kevin D. Kissell" <>
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 08:22:51 +0100
Cc: "Jesse Dyson" <>, "Klaus Naumann" <>, <>
References: <> <00f601c05ae8$19014500$0deca8c0@Ulysses> <>
> > 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
> There is no need to change this ever except for very old kernels.  With
> or 2.4 whenever people change /dev/console's major/minor it's usually
> 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.

            Kevin K.

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