Describe how to run NetBSD headless The NetBSD Project
Status: Closed Time to complete: 96 hrs Mentors: Aleksej Saushev, Martin Husemann, Julian Coleman, Julian Fagir Tags: howto, system

For any server usage, you want to use NetBSD without access to keyboard, mouse or monitor. For these usages, you want to have access via ssh (or something similar, document that) or serial console.

Your task is to describe the steps which are necessary to run a NetBSD system headless, i.e. printing boot messages to serial port, enabling the bootloader on serial, enabling the serial port, describing the possible options how to do so, which security measures should be taken.

You should also consider systems which don't even have a serial port, i.e. what has to be done if you cannot watch a device start, but you must go sure it will come up and you have some sort of access (like a router).

Our preferred format for the submission is some form of plain text, as that is most portable and can be read anywhere.  If you want to use a word processor, please export the file as text.  You could also add something like markdown or latex to add structure (these are both plain text based), but that is not a requirement.

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File name/URL File size Date submitted n/a December 03 2012 17:30 UTC
NetBSD 146.2 KB December 03 2012 18:44 UTC
Puck Meerburg on November 29 2012 21:00 UTC Task Claimed

I would like to work on this task.

Julian Fagir on November 30 2012 00:14 UTC Task Assigned

This task has been assigned to Puck Meerburg. You have 96 hours to complete this task, good luck!

Aleksej Saushev on December 1 2012 11:09 UTC Progress?

You're working on your task for two days.

Please, get in touch with us to discuss progress.

This task is rather hard one, if you're stuck or misdirected, we need to take actions to correct it.

Puck Meerburg on December 3 2012 17:32 UTC Ready for review

The work on this task is ready to be reviewed.

Aleksej Saushev on December 3 2012 18:25 UTC Couldn't fetch file

"Error (404)"


Please, use Melange to publish your work, don't use external services (unless requested specifically).

Aleksej Saushev on December 3 2012 18:25 UTC Task Needs More Work

One of the mentors has sent this task back for more work. Talk to the mentor(s) assigned to this task to satisfy the requirements needed to complete this task, submit your work again and mark the task as complete once you re-submit your work.

Puck Meerburg on December 3 2012 18:44 UTC Ready for review

The work on this task is ready to be reviewed.

Julian Fagir on December 3 2012 21:40 UTC Impressive

It's not exactly what I expected (I thought you would rather document the low-level stuff without network needed). However, it's still impressive work with a markdown document, embedded images with screenshots and so on.

Thank you! If you liked this task, you might also want to look at our other howto tasks. There are some which are close to this one. 

Julian Fagir on December 3 2012 21:40 UTC Task Closed

Congratulations, this task has been completed successfully.