Booting a PowerStack-II on a serial line

Gabriel Paubert paubert at
Tue Feb 9 21:55:28 EST 1999

On Sun, 7 Feb 1999, Michael Meissner wrote:

> Is there any way I can tell at the shell level whether or not the
> PowerStack-II machine was booted via a serial line or with a
> monitor/keyboard?  I normally boot the machine via the serial line,
> and discovered that the gettys for the virtual console were respawning
> without end.  I edited the inittab to remove them, and put a normal
> login at 9600 baud on /dev/ttyS0 on runlevel 3, but was wondering if
> there was a way to switch automatically.

I don't think so. inittab is quite inflexible in this respect. I had
similar problems, tried to find a solution and failed. 

> Also, I found I can't compile with the console on a serial line and
> mac serial option (ie, can't use the common pmac/prep/mxb mode, I had
> to use the prep/mxb mode) due to both trying to define the same
> function.

I never enable mac serial support so I can't tell. But the pmac keyboard
has to be set to get the damned thing to compile unless CONFIG_VT is off.


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