console and network booting weirdness?

Luigi Rizzo rizzo at
Fri Apr 30 06:26:17 PDT 2004

On Thu, Apr 29, 2004 at 11:36:33PM +0800, Paul Reece wrote:
> Hi All,
> I've recently set up remote booting both via PXE and also Etherboot &
> Grub so I can boot my workstation remotely into FreeBSD 5.2-CURRENT and
> FreeBSD 4.9.
> PXE - works great, however, I'd like to get a boot menu system going,
> which is why I'm toying with Grub.
> The most notable problem is with FreeBSD 5.2-CURRENT - If I boot into
> FreeBSD using Etherboot or Grub (and as such, bypass the loader), the
> console output disappears.

i think you can fix this by statically compiling the 'hints' into
the kernel -- probably the solution is simpler than this, but
this one does work


> Once the system has booted, a login prompt pops up as per usual - just
> nothing beforehand after Grub or Etherboot loads the kernel.
> Is there a setting somewhere in the kernel config (at compile time) or is
> the kernel defaulting to a serial console because some environment variables
> or similar arent being passed to it by the loader as per usual?
> Or is this a bug rather than a feature?..  in 4.X kernels, the console
> continues to function after Grub or Etherboot loads the kernel.
> Cheers,
> Paul.
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