How can I switch temporally Linux ASCII console to RS232 port build-in computer. I mean about Linux system working as server, without running any graphical tools on it (X11, bootsplash etc). But I want to do it temporally just "on demand". In ordinary usage, the console should be normal VGA monitor. Is it possible?

  • Do you really mean "the console" or are you simply trying to attach a terminal via a serial port? In Unix, the console is one of many ttys, but it hapens to be the one where the pre-boot/boot functionality is configured via, and where some messages are written. Do you need the latter?
    – symcbean
    Jul 19 '13 at 8:57

Possible? Yes.

Temporarily? Too much of a hassle.

It's all well documented in the kernel documentation, and in modern distributions it should be sufficient to edit /etc/inittab in order to have a terminal listening on your serial port - which is what I assume you want to do.

If you just want the console messages displayed, edit your boot options accordingy.

  • OK. I place something like 0:respawn:/sbin/agetty -L ttyS0 -H MEDIA 9600 vt100 but the problem is that /etc/inittab is no longer valid because systemctl is used. So what and where I have to place?
    – mackowiakp
    Jul 19 '13 at 15:57
  • This would be a different question, and could be solved with minimal research effort, but here goes: bit.ly/13Uz2zi
    – Roman
    Jul 20 '13 at 9:47

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