Re[2]: More no-console weirdness: /etc/mtab is corrupted

Steve Snyder (
Fri, 31 Jul 1998 12:59:34 -0400

My /dev/console is Character 4, 0.

Kerneld may not be needed, but it shouldn't be a problem either. My 2.1.111
kernels are monolithic (no modules) and I leave the have-kernel-autoload-modules
feature disabled. In that context kerneld should have nothing to do.

That said, I'm skeptical that kerneld is a factor in this problem. After all,
my 2.1.111 kernel *with* console support shows no such behavior, yet is booting
the same init scripts. The difference is only whether the output text is
written to the screen or to /etc/mtab.

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Subject: Re: More no-console weirdness: /etc/mtab is corrupted
Author: Geert Uytterhoeven <>
Date: 7/31/98 5:32 PM

On Fri, 31 Jul 1998, Steve Snyder wrote:
> Here's some more config-without-console wierdness.
> But first, here's some background: I switch frequently between a 2.1.111
> kernel built with support for the VGA console and one built without that
> support. Enabling/disabling the console support is the *only* difference
> between the 2 builds. I define "no-console weirdness" as any misbehavior
> seen in the no-console kernel, but not in the kernel in which the VGA
> console is supported. FYI, my system is RedHat v5.1 running on a Pentium
> box.
> Here is the current problem: without a console, /etc/mtab is filled with
> boot-time status messages. Specifically:

What does /dev/console look like? Character device 5, 1?

> Finding module dependencies... done
> Starting kerneld, version 2.1.85 (pid 28)
Kerneld should not be used in a 2.1.111 kernel.



Geert Uytterhoeven           
Wavelets, Linux/{m68k~Amiga,PPC~CHRP}
Department of Computer Science -- Katholieke Universiteit Leuven -- Belgium

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