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Old 02-17-2010, 06:35 AM   #1
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Can't get screen to work with /dev/ttyS0 (Fine on ttyUSB0)

Hi Linux folk,

I have revived an old Dell D610 by installing Ubuntu. (What an installation process, that's how it should be done.)

I am using the machine as a console to connect to a security device on a client site. I need to use both the built in hardware serial port, and a second USB serial port.

I use "screen /dev/ttyS0", and "screen /dev/ttyUSB0".

The USB screen works fine. The ttyS0 one does not. (I tested the port under windows, with Hyperterminal, and it works fine - i looped the two ports together, and could talk between them.)

One thing I did notice, when I run the info command (Ctrl-A - I) in each screen, while connected to the device, is a difference in the CTS flag...

ttyUSB0: +flow UTF-8 {RTS (CTS) DTR !DSR (!CD) }

ttyS0: +flow UTF-8 {RTS (!CTS) DTR !DSR (!CD) }

I tried running the screen command with -fn for no flow control, but no joy. Also, I used a stty command to set -crtscts on the /dev/ttyS0, but still no joy.

I suspect it's to do with flow control, but can't get it working. Can any kind soul who is old enough to have experience with serial comms help me out?

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Hmm, never seen screen used that way before. What I have done quite a bit is run a C-kermit session inside of Gnu screen, and that works just fine for serial or IP connections. I prefer the flexibility and configurability that C-kermit offers for serial comm's applications. minicom is probably already installed on your host, and may work just as well.
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