Grub Serial Console Funkiness

Levi Pearson levi at
Fri Jun 27 12:11:48 MDT 2008

mike <mike at> writes:

> I have 27 machines that I have installed Debian Etch on. All of them have
> an IPMI card and I use the IPMI Serial-over-LAN (SOL) functionality to see
> the output of the console remotely. 

Awesome, I used to do a lot of IPMI-related stuff.

> Unfortunately, the tools for connecting to the SOL kind of suck and
> drop their connection somewhat randomly and I can't rely on them
> always being connected.

What tools are you using?  I might be able to recommend better ones.

> But that isn't the problem I am having. The problem is with the GRUB
> configuration for a serial port. If I reboot a machine and have a
> SOL console connected, the machine reboots fine. But if I don't have
> a SOL console connected, the machine sits at the grub menu waiting
> for me to select a boot option. 

I believe grub might be upset that its only console isn't working.
Try telling it to output to both serial and the console.


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