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Old 06-16-2010, 12:02 AM   #1
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stty command in /etc/rc.local


Using serial terminal(emulated) to connect to linux box.
In order to fix row/column count I added stty command in rc.local:
stty -F /dev/ttyS0 rows 56
stty -F /dev/ttyS0 cols 110
If I add it in redhat's /etc/rc.d/rc.local - it works fine.
But if I add it in debian's /etc/rc.local - it doesn't work. I checked by redirecting some output to /dev/ttyS0 - rc.local gets executed and stty commands are executed also - but for some reason rows/columns dosn't change after I login. If I execute rc.local by hand - stty commands work.

Could someone explain why this works on redhat but not on debian ?

Old 06-16-2010, 05:01 PM   #2
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You could try executing those commands as your user in rc.local
su - vilius -c "stty -F /dev/ttyS0 rows 56"
su - vilius -c "stty -F /dev/ttyS0 cols 110"
But your login shell may be overriding this when you login.

You need to check those "dot" files Eg. .bashrc and check what they are doing. Maybe better just to put the commands there instead of in rc.local

Things like setting terminal characteristics should be set at a user level, not root (rc.local) level.


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