5.3 Startup with a beep

Jim Segrave jes at nl.demon.net
Thu Dec 2 04:52:12 PST 2004

On Thu 02 Dec 2004 (13:08 +0100), Harald Hanche-Olsen wrote:
> + Mark Diekhans <markd at Kermodei.com>:
> | Carsten Zimmermann <carp at hacksocke.de> writes:
> | > I upgraded lately to a clean iso installed 5.3-R. From then, my laptop 
> | > always gives an eeky "beeeeeeep" when the boot loader prompts. It was 
> | > all silent with 5.2.1 and I'd like it to be that way again ;)
> | 
> | I found this really annoying and dug into the code and patch it
> | on my system.  The enclose patch gets rid of this. [...]
> | If you can file a pr on this it would be great..
> While I agree that the beep is annoying, and will probably employ your
> patch on my laptop (thanks!), I might mention that the beep is
> probably there for a good reason: As an aid to booting machines with
> just a serial console attached.  See "Tips for Serial Console Users"
> in INSTALL.TXT.  An easy option to installing a beepless boot loader
> might be welcome, but making the default silent is probably not a good
> idea.

I think making the beep optional, default = off is a much better
idea. If you're going to build a server with only serial console
support, you need to know what you're doing anyway.

Jim Segrave           jes at nl.demon.net

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