Serial communication, terminal

Matthias Buelow mkb at
Wed Jan 12 15:27:53 PST 2005

Florian Hengstberger wrote:

> I have a microcontroller with an uart interface.
> I want to communicate with my computer through the serial port
> of my FreeBSD box.
> Is it somehow possible to connect the serial io to a xterm?
> Case it is not: I don't want to write a program myself -
> is there an existing program handling the io?

kermit (ports/comms/kermit) is probably the most widely used terminal 
program, and it has more features and communications protocols than 
you'd ever need (including scriptability).  cu has already been 
mentioned, tip is similar, and minicom is another one, imitating 
DOS-style terminal emulators (telix, telemate), although it's a bit 


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