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Serial Console

Output to Serial Console

Make sure the kernel is started with the following parameter…


Dual Output

It is possible to have the kernel write to both the standard pseudo-terminal (tty0) and the serial console (ttyS0) by adding the following kernel parameters…

console=ttyS0,9600 console=tty0

View Console

It is possible to view serial console output using the screen command. With a USB-to-Serial adapter plugged in you may see a device called something like /dev/tty.usbserial-AG0JL5ZB that will act as the tty device.

screen /dev/tty.usbserial-AG0JL5ZB 115200,cs8,ixon

Parameters explained from man screen

Parameter Description
<baud_rate> This affects transmission as well as receive speed (usually 300, 1200, 9600 or 19200)
cs8 or cs7 Specify the transmission of eight (or seven) bits per byte
ixon or -ixon Enables (or disables) software flow-control (CTRL-S/CTRL-Q) for sending data
ixoff or -ixon Enables (or disables) software flow-control for receiving data
istrip or -istrip Clear (or keep) the eight bit in each received byte