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Old 05-04-2008, 03:40 PM   #1
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serial console: how to set up terminal?


Hi all,

I am trying to connect to a headless server via a serial cable from my Fedora box.

How do I set up the terminal at the client end? I have tried minicom but it is not clear what settings (other than the default 9600 8n1) are required. Specifically, how do I log into the remote system? Obviously there is no modem involved, so AT commands are useless.

Also, are there any alternatives to minicom? I find it cumbersome to use.

Thanks.
 
Old 05-04-2008, 04:26 PM   #2
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Have you configured the server for a serial console? There is nothing else required on the client end.

Here is just a couple of other serial applications.
kermit is another console serial communication program.
gtkcomm is a GUI application but I have never used it so I do not know how well it works.

Have you thought about ethernet instead of serial? There are several remote desktop applications VNC, Freenx, nomachine as well as using ssh.

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Old 05-04-2008, 04:57 PM   #3
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Your serial cable is a crossover cable and not straight through, right?

If you have "screen" installed try "screen /dev/ttyS0" (or ttySx as needed).

The "server" is configured to accept serial connections?

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Old 05-04-2008, 05:17 PM   #4
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Your serial cable is a crossover cable and not straight through, right?

If you have "screen" installed try "screen /dev/ttyS0" (or ttySx as needed).

The "server" is configured to accept serial connections?
Yes, it's a null modem cable. I will check that the server config. I didn't know screen could handle that; that's great.
 
  


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