Install Red Hat via Serial Console
This is an easy problem, but Googling the answer didn’t immediately return a great solution.
I want to install Red Hat Enterprise Linux via serial console. How to set that up? Red Hat says how. Hook up a keyboard / monitor, and at the boot prompt, enter:
linux text console=ttyS0
Now, I have to figure out what driver to load to get the system running on my Marvell SATA controller, but if you have a running (Fedora) system, you can configure serial console by editing
- Comment out the
- Add the
terminallines, seen in bold
- Add the
consoleargument to the kernel, mind the
\on the line before
grub.conf will look something like this: (changes in bold)
# grub.conf generated by anaconda # # Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file # NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that # all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg. # root (hd0,0) # kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/sda2 # initrd /initrd-version.img #boot=/dev/sda default=0 timeout=5 #splashimage=(hd0,0)/grub/splash.xpm.gz serial --unit=0 --speed=9600 terminal --timeout=5 serial console hiddenmenu title Fedora Core (2.6.9-1.667smp) root (hd0,0) kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.9-1.667smp ro root=LABEL=/ rhgb quiet \ console=ttyS0,9600n8 initrd /initrd-2.6.9-1.667smp.img title Fedora Core-up (2.6.9-1.667) root (hd0,0) kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.9-1.667 ro root=LABEL=/ rhgb quiet initrd /initrd-2.6.9-1.667.img
The neat thing is that at least Fedora will notice this change when you boot, and offer to configure the
/etc/ttys and whatnot for you.