getty on the serial console

Peter Larkowski peter at
Tue Sep 30 16:59:02 PDT 2003

Hi again,

I never managed to get the 5.1 cd booted successfully on my ultra AXe, 
but I did do a buildworld to RELENG_5_1 from 9-28.  After the upgrade, 
the machine boots to the end of the kernel messages *mounting root from 
/dev/da0a", and then I got "PID ?? (fsck_ufs) exited on signal 8" 
twice, and then nothing more on the serial console.  THe machine 
continued booting normally (I assume anyway, as I could log in via ssh).

After a subsequent buildworld, buildkernel, install everything, 
mergemaster, etc, to CURRENT from 9-29, I get all the startup messages 
(ssh, sendmail, etc) until the login prompt.  The last thing printed is 
the date.  Again, everything else is fine.  getty is running.

Any ideas why I don't have login prompt on the serial console?


On Saturday, September 27, 2003, at 06:52 PM, Peter Larkowski wrote:

> Hi again:
> Just as a follow up, on my Ultra AXe, it doesn't make any difference 
> if this is an IDE cdrom or a SCSI cdrom.  Also, dd'ing the boot.flp to 
> the front of a hard drive produces the same results:  The system hangs 
> on 5.1-RELEASE with no useful messages when "Mounting root from 
> UFS:/dev/md0"  Again, the 5.0-RELEASE cd works.  Suggestions?
> Thanks in advance.
> -p
> On Thursday, September 25, 2003, at 10:57 AM, peter at 
> wrote:
>> Hi everyone.
>> I have 5.0-RELEASE installed on my sparcengine ultra AXe.  I haven't
>> messed with it in months and was going to try and upgrade it to 
>> something
>> more recent.  First I tried a make buildworld with CURRENT sources 
>> from a
>> couple days ago (9-23 or 9-22, I don't remember), but I got some 
>> errors.
>> I could have missed something in UPDATING, I don't really know.
>> In any case, I decided to reinstall with UFS2 and just in general get 
>> a
>> fresh start since it's been so long since I messed with this machine. 
>>  The
>> 5.1 cd gets to mounting root from /dev/md0 and hangs.  There was a 
>> thread
>> about this same problem on an ultra 10 some months ago, but it was 
>> never
>> resolved afaik and turned into an argument about blocking entire dsl
>> subnets to stop spam :)  Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions for
>> getting 5.1 or -current on my sparc?  I'm using an LSI logic SCSI 
>> card and
>> the cdrom is a an external plextor that does boot the 5.0 disc just 
>> fine
>> (I checked again last night).
>> Thanks,
>> -p
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