Cannot install using serial console

Jeremie Le Hen jeremie at
Fri Sep 10 15:18:10 UTC 2010

Hi Jeremy,

On Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 04:27:26AM -0700, Jeremy Chadwick wrote:
> > > As far as I know you need also to enable a serial terminal in /etc/ttys.
> > 
> > Yeah, this came to my mind too but I check on the installation CD, there
> > is no /etc/ttys.
> This is normal.
> Can you try hacking up a solution for yourself based on what I've
> documented with regards to PXE booting?  There will be pieces which
> obviously don't apply to you because you're booting from physical media,
> but some of the adjustments (to the bootloader, etc.) you can try.

But as far as I understand the handbook, this is not required to perform
the installation through sysinstall(8) on a serial console.  Modifying
/boot/loader.conf on the installation media is enough according to
chapter 2.12.1.  Am I wrong?

> One thing worth pointing out is that you stated the system that you're
> trying to use serial console on is actually running under a VM on Linux:
> > I tried to install FreeBSD (201008 -CURRENT snapshot, but I don't think
> > it's important here) in a KVM-backed virtual machine on a headless Linux
> > host, following section 2.12.1 of the handbook.
> Can you provide a full dmesg prior to the "/stand/sysinstal" output
> happening?  You don't need to boot verbose (yet), but it would help with
> regards to determining what the kernel is seeing device-wise.  Yes it
> matters.

Yes, I've actually already posted it in my original message:

Thanks for you attention.
Jeremie Le Hen

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