getty fails to prompt for login on ttyu0

Zach Wilkinson ztwilkinson at
Fri Jul 30 14:13:31 UTC 2010

On first boot off hard disk, kernel messages print to serial console and at the end it prints the time/date but no login prompt.

I SSH in as a standard user and I see getty is running on ttyu0:

$ ps awux |grep getty
root   1087  0.0  0.0  5584  2392  ??  I 0:20PM  :00.00 /usr/libexec/getty std.9600 ttyu0

And that config is reflected in /etc/ttys:

$ grep ttyu0 /etc/ttys
ttyu0   "/usr/libexec/getty std.9600"   vt100   on  secure

I believe the terminal (minicom) is configured correctly since I was able to interact with and complete the install over serial console. And system messages (su failures) continue to print to serial console.

However, I'm not able to get any direct response from input in serial console. And to make matters worse I didn't enable root auth over SSH, and I forgot to add my non-root account to the wheel group.

So, before I boot off CD, any recommendations on what else I should check?



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