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I'm trying to set up a system to boot over a serial console. I need to do this from a PCI serial card. From what I can tell only ports 1-4 (ttyS0 - ttyS3) are available during boot. The card shows up as ttyS4. The console works once agetty is started in inittab. I need the console to be active from the get go. This works fine when the built in serial port is used ( ttyS0 ). I do need to get this to work form the PCI card. Any ideas?


I don't know any fool-proof way to do this. Why can't you use one of the motherboard ports?

If the driver for the PCI card is included in the kernel and if it is currently a loadable module, you can try compiling the driver for the PCI card into the kernel and not have it load as a module.
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