|Revision 2.6||2003-03-31||Revised by: gdt|
|Correct opposing CTS/RTS explanations. Use <quote> in markup. TLDP PDF is now good, so remove instructions for rendering PostScript to PDF. Typo in GRUB configuration.|
|Revision 2.5||2003-01-20||Revised by: gdt|
|Only one console per technology type. Setting timezone. Use off parameter rather than comments in inittab. Cable lengths.|
|Revision 2.4||2002-10-03||Revised by: gdt|
|Kernel flow control bug, more cabling, Debian, Livingston Portmaster, typos (especially those found during translation to Japanese).|
|Revision 2.3||2002-07-11||Revised by: gdt|
|Updates for Red Hat Linux 7.3, corrections to serial port speeds and UARTs, ioctlsave.|
|Revision 2.2||2002-05-22||Revised by: gdt|
|Revision 2.1||2002-05-16||Revised by: gdt|
|Corrections to kernel console syntax. Addition of USB and devfs.|
|Revision 2.0||2002-02-02||Revised by: gdt|
|Revision ≤1.0||2001-03-20||Revised by: mfk|
An RS-232 serial console allows Linux to be controlled from a terminal or modem attached to an asynchronous serial port. The monitor, mouse and keyboard are no longer required for system administration. Serial consoles are useful where Linux systems are deployed at remote sites or are deployed in high-density racks.
This HOWTO describes how to configure Linux to attach a serial console.
Glen Turner would like to thank his family for allowing him to work on this project for the surprisingly large number of evenings which it took to write this HOWTO. Thank you Karen, Kayla and Ella.