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Old 02-27-2008, 01:16 AM   #1
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Unhappy Setup doesn't seem to work with serial console

I'm trying to get an installation of Slackware 12.0 with the Speakup linux screen reader. The problem is that I don't have any synthesizer which can be used at install time, and don't have any serial ports to connect one to anyway.
So, I decided to virtualize. I have Qemu and VmWare, both of which exhibit the following odd behavior: after successful booting with a virtual serial console connected to a telnet session, I partition the hard drive, which works well enough. Fdisk and Cfdisk are both very useful.
Running Setup, though, I find I can't select options. That is, I can press enter repeatedly and nothing appears to happen on the terminal. I can tab over to hit the cancel button, which does work, and gives me back my root@slackware prompt.
Is this a problem unique to serial consoles, or possibly even to telnet-based installs? I don't really know at this point and it's driving me batty.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Old 03-31-2008, 05:35 AM   #2
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how are your running telnet? where is the host computer?

the reason I ask is...generally its considered that telnet not good.

so once your host and vm are up...can you use ssh instead?
Old 04-02-2008, 02:45 PM   #3
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Well, I had no idea on this, but Pat did:

There is a known issue with the libgpm that was included on the 12.0 installer - it gets in the way of the serial port.

If you delete libgpm, then the serial console should work; however, once libgpm has screwed things up, it might not work without a reboot. Of course, that won't help in this case
In essence, you'd have to unpack the installer, remove the gpm library, and repack it.

A better option might be to use the installer from -current - it should work with speakup just fine last I checked (of course, that might have changed too).


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