receiving serial console output

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Wed Nov 9 18:43:16 GMT 2005

"ke.han" <ke.han at> writes:

> I need to capture output from the 3rd phase boot of freeBSD 6.  I have
> a new server (which is the pc whose output needs capturing) and a
> laptop with freeBSD 6 working well.
> I have read the handbook section
> The handbook seems thorough on this subject, but not quite the "howto"
> that a newbie like me requires.
>  From my reading, I distill my process as:
> 1 - connect a null modem cable between server and laptop.  ok, I can
> do this.
> 2 - at the server boot loader prompt, enter the command:
> 	set console="comconsole"
> 3 - then enter command:
> 	boot
> 4 - now what??  I assume there is some software and setting to use on
> the laptop to receive the output from the server console???  I am
> happy just to receive it all to a file if that is easy enough.  Can
> someone please supply the missing link??

tip(1) or cu(1)?
minicom from ports?

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