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V440 ALOM console problem

Discussion in 'Sun Hardware' started by Jonathan Sturges, Feb 21, 2005.

  1. Hi,
    When telnetting into the SCs of my V440s, the ALOM always thinks the
    system console is in use by the SC's serial port. Consequently, you
    always have to type 'console -f' at the SC prompt to get a read/write
    console via a telnet session.

    Does anyone know why this happens, or how to fix it? I'm glad there's a
    workaround, but it's still annoying and strikes me as being an ALOM bug.
    I updated the ALOM firmware to v1.5.3 and that didn't fix it.

    thanks for any suggestions,
    Jonathan Sturges, Feb 21, 2005
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  2. Jonathan Sturges

    Scott Howard Guest

    It's a feature. In fact, it's actually listed in the original design
    spec for the ALOMs. It's done this way to keep backwards compatibility -
    previously you can always presume that if you connect to the serial
    console you'll get a writeable console, so ALOM tries to keep that the
    same (The exception being when it's in use after a -f, but there's nothing
    which can be done about that).

    There have been a number of RFEs raised to have the behaviour changed,
    but at this stage it's not clear if it will be changed or it.

    So for now, just get used to typing 'console -f' every time...

    Scott Howard, Feb 22, 2005
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  3. Hmmm. Interesting. Thanks for the info., I guess I feel a little
    better understanding the "why" of it.

    Jonathan Sturges, Feb 22, 2005
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