Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Enabling Serial Console Access in FreeBSD

Back in February I posted a means to enable serial access to my FreeBSD 5.0 RELEASE box. I'm not sure where I got that method, even though it worked. A more correct method is to change an entry in /etc/ttys from this

ttyd0 "/usr/libexec/getty std.9600" dialup off secure

to this

ttyd0 "/usr/libexec/getty std.9600" dialup on secure

Optionally, for faster access, make the line look like this

ttyd0 "/usr/libexec/getty std.115200" dialup on secure

Be sure to restart process 1 (init) using 'kill -1 1'. Then configure your terminal client to use 115200 as its connection speed, and you can connect to the serial port using a serial cable and null modem.

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