2016-04-07 16:48:44 UTC
Libreboot is basically coreboot + grub2 without bios services and with
no text console.
GRUB is able to load openbsd kernels from all filesystems it knows
If I load 5.9/amd64/bsd or bsd.mp kernels they boot up fine to the
console, giving this warning in early boot up:
warning: no entropy supplied by boot loader
It is not unexpected, since GRUB does not support providing entropy to
the bsd kernel yet.
But if I try to load /bsd (is it a kernel at all? seems to be gzip
archive with some elf) or /5.9/amd64/bsd.rd kernels, they do not boot
up. After several seconds the machine reboots without any messages on
the screen at all and grub menu reappears.
I have also tested i386 kernels (rd and mp). They do not make machine
reboot but do not show anything either. Perhaps they were built without
framebuffer support. Possibly they work under hood, but I need to make
them use usb serial console to check it.
Since I see nothing on the screen and the laptop has no hardware com
port, I have decided to try with USB-serial adapter. The adapter works
with OpenBSD after full boot if I issue cd /dev ; sh MAKEDEV ttyU0, but
I do not know how to specify it to the kernel to use for debug. GRUB
allows to specify only com0 - com3 as serial console in the command
line. If I specify kopenbsd -h com0 option nothing is sent to the port
even with working kernels.
Is it possible at all to use USB serial port as console?
Do you have any idea, what is difference between bsd.rd and bsd kernels
that the first one does not start at all on same machine?
Do I have any feasible options to get serial console to this laptop?
I think that if I unpack bsd.rd and edit /etc/ttys it might help, but I
did not find any information about bsd.rd structure, such as supposed
offset of embedded image, its format and so on.
elfrdsetroot(8) is mentioned in man rd, but http://man.openbsd.org does
not have a manpage for it.