Serial console

Jeffrey Ross jeff at
Thu Nov 24 00:21:39 UTC 2005

I'm attempting to set up a serial console on a FC4 machine using some 
instructions I have found on the net.  My only problem is when I log 
into the serial console, I'm connected to "ttyS0" not "console"

Yes, I understand that I am physically connected to /dev/ttyS0 but IIRC 
/dev/console is a special
device in unix in which messages etc are always sent to the console, is 
this not correct?  Do I want to just link /dev/console to /dev/ttyS0, or 
will I break something?

Right now when the system boots I'll get a message on the monitor 
connected to the old VGA interface saying "Uncompressing Linux" or 
something like that, all other data goes to the serial port (like I'd 

thanks, Jeff

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