Talk:Enable Serial Console on Boot

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Revision as of 13:12, 24 November 2012 by Darkfader (talk | contribs) (question / suggestion)

Is this information obsolete? The last susbtantive edit was in 20 October 2010 and the page says it applies to Alpine 1.10.x. I'm not sure what a "serial console" is---different from a normal tty? In practice when are they used? -- Dubiousjim 10:01, 25 March 2012 (UTC)

This still works fine with Alpine 2.3.6. It's used in practice if a KVM is not available for a given server/router running Alpine. In that case, connecting a set of Alpine boxes and other devices (such as switches or routers) to a serial console server can be a practical way to maintain console access. Jbilyk 22:45, 13 April 2012 (EST)

If someone has more insight to serial & extlinux magic: What I'd love to have is something similar to the way AIX or Oracle VM had it: At bootloader time, issue a "press a key to activate this console" on vga and serial. Whatever is then used, gets the menu, and will then be the kernel console.

Darkfader (talk) 13:12, 24 November 2012 (UTC)