enables you produce a huge image file of a machine build, so that, as
opposed to jumpstart, that reinstalls the OS using pkgadd and then
patches using patchadd, it effectively produces a huge cpio dump that
you can build a new machine from. "man flarcreate" - if anyone is
I would like to be able to boot up a new, headless, machine from
cdrom, viewing messages on my handy-dandy terminal emulator and serve
out the FlashArchive to the Sun via Apache, running on my laptop as
well. This means that I have two connections to the machine, console &
network. I have tried doing this via Windows, using TeraTerm (works
great), and Apache Win32 (sucks), and the whole using Windows thing
always just leaves a rotten taste in my mouth. Linux is the answer,
but Minicom isn't, maybe CKermit, is.....
> > > I am running the latest version of Red Hat on my Dell laptop. I
> > > would like to be able to use my laptop as a console for a Sun,
> > > via the serial cable,
> > That's simple enough. I'd recommend using CKermit:
> > http://www.columbia.edu/kermit/ckermit.html
> > > so I can serve FlashArchives to the same Sun via Apache.
> > You've lost me. I've no idea what FlashArchives are nor what
> > apache has to do with using the laptop as a console.
> Agreed. The serial console is just that. A plain ASCII text terminal on
> a serial interface. I can't imagine what you could do with Apache on
> that. I don't know what a FlashArchive is either. Or does this have
> nothing to do with the serial console as such? Do you (David) mean you
> just want to use the serial console to get a headless Sun working and
> this is just what you want to use the Sun for? To do anything involving
> Apache you are going to need a network connection, which should be
> simple enough as all Suns have a built in ethernet port so there's no
> issue with drivers etc.
> > > I have messed around with Minicom, not much fun,
> > Agreed. Minicom isn't fun to use, and I've had various
> > problems with it (changing port settings doesn't alwasy take
> > effect, ASCII file transfer doesn't work right).
> I have found no problem with using Minicom as a Sun serial console. I
> havn't tried to do any file transfer over it, I just use it to install
> and boot. It isn't even connected a lot of the time, it is shared
> between two Suns.
> Whatever terminal emulator you use, ensure it is set to 9600 baud, 8
> data bits, 1 stop bit, no parity and no flow control (neither software
> nor hardware), unless you have changed the settings in the PROM. And
> ensure that you use a *null* modem cable (with the data lines crossed
> over). Also ensure no keyboard is plugged in, the Sun uses the absence
> of a keyboard to tell it to switch to the serial console, it doesn't
> check for a monitor.
> Regards, Ian