Re: Serial Console v0.1 ?

Grant Guenther (
Tue, 12 Nov 1996 09:40:56 -0500 (EST)

> This morning, when I flicked on my dumb terminal, I had something
> interesting running:
> break>
> Which apparently is the prompt for "Serial Console v0.1". After
> fiddling around some, I found an option for displaying the panic,
> continuing or rebooting. Panic?? What panic?? I hit the "C"ontinue and
> my machine looked fine, except that according to the clock it was 11pm
> last night and the machine had done NOTHING between then and now.
> What exactly is this console? Why did it pop up and freeze my box? It
> seems related to the serial console patch, but I've never seen it
> before. And if it was there to help debug a panic, it didn't perform
> well in that area ... no information was available. I didn't see a
> panic anyplace (no syslog of it) and the machine was still functional,
> just frozen in time.
> Inquiring minds want to know ....

Just a hunch: does your "dumb terminal" cause a break when it is powered
off ? Does pressing the 'break' key on your keyboard put you into this
same mode ?

Grant R. Guenther