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This test is intended to ensure that the console=X serial parameters are honored and the post-installed systems is configured properly for a non tty0 console. While the examples mention the use of console=ttyS0, it it acceptable to use any device other than the default tty0.

Serial Cable?
This test case may require using a DB-9 serial cable to connect to the system under test. Additionally, you may be required to update the BIOS to enable the serial port.
Go Virtual
Since the focus of this test is not to validate the physical DB-9 serial cable connection, or to ensure the cables are seated properly, it is entirely acceptable (and encouraged) to use Virtualization. For example, creating any KVM/QEMU virtual guest with the correct console=ttyS0 serial will setup a serial console for use with this test.

How to test

  1. Using a DB-9 serial cable, connect to your test system on the first port (typically S0) and start a serial port monitoring application (ttywatch, cermit, or minicom)
  2. Boot installation program passing the console=ttyS0 serial command line parameters
  3. Complete installation and boot into installed system

Expected Results

  1. The installation displays properly and responds to user input over the serial line
  2. Confirm that a login console is presented over the serial device. When using Package-x-generic-16.pngsystemd (Fedora 15 and newer), you may confirm that the serial device is configured for login by examining the output of systemctl status serial-getty@ttyS0.service. For example:
    	  Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/serial-getty@.service)
    	  Active: active (running) since Tue, 01 Mar 2011 12:46:54 -0500; 4min 29s ago
    	Main PID: 736 (login)
    	  CGroup: name=systemd:/system/serial-getty@.service/ttyS0
  3. The file /etc/securetty contains a line matching the requested console and the user is able to login to the system using the serial login prompt