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Cat you help please) I have connected switch to PC with serial cable and i want to manage it. What utility i can use to open serial line and manage switch through console? On windows i used Putty(Serial line COM1).

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minicom. look here for some tutorial.

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GNU Screen will do this as well. You just provide the argument of whatever device you are using, for example:

screen /dev/ttyUSB0
screen /dev/ttyS0

Like any other file, you will need read write privileges for the /dev/tty* devices. See the 'Window Types' section of man screen to see how to specify the baud rate etc, but screen can usually figure this out.

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screen is the hassle free way – toppledwagon Sep 3 '11 at 2:40

We use kermit with a simple config/script file that sets the options.

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I prefer picocom personally.

Minicom has too much ncurses bloat for my liking. It always takes me ages to get where I want.

Whereas with picocom you specify all of your options (baud/parity/stop) on the command line, no fuss.

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You can easily set a minirc.dfl file in /etc/, a ~/.minirc.dfl or whatever, or you can have a script and call it via -s, so it can be automated to a degree. – Kurt Jun 11 '09 at 7:46
I know, it's just far more complicated than it needs to be though. Especially when I find myself changing parity between different hosts. – Dan Carley Jun 11 '09 at 11:31

I use minicom. Relatively straightforward, and works like a charm.

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