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SubjectRe: Device to write to all (serial) consoles
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Dear Greg,


On 02.08.19 18:02, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 02, 2019 at 03:23:08PM +0200, Paul Menzel wrote:

>> On a lot of devices, like servers, you have more than one serial console,
>> and you do not always know, how they are numbered. Therefore, we start a
>> console on ttyS0 and ttyS1.
>>
>> In user space, we also would like to write to both consoles to not worry
>> about the numbering. Writing to `/dev/console` only write to the active
>> console.
>
> So the same data to multiple console devices with just one userspace
> call? Why?

Because the cable is always connected to the port on the back side, and
sometimes the port in the front has ID 0, and the one in the back 1, and
other times vice versa. We do not want to track that, and it would be
convenient to just write to both ports.

>> $ more /proc/consoles # I think
>> tty0 -WU (EC p ) 4:1
>> ttyS0 -W- (E p a) 4:65
>> ttyS1 -W- (E p a) 4:65
>>
>> Does a device exist, or can a device be configured so you can write to
>> all (serial) consoles from user space?
>
> With one syscall, not that I know of, sorry.

Can such a device be created with udev or so?


Kind regards,

Paul

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