Can I get a serial console (like ttyS0) on the Pinephone using the "PINEBOOK SERIAL CONSOLE" cable with the CH340 chipset?



  • Can I get a serial console (like ttyS0) on the Pinephone using the "PINEBOOK SERIAL CONSOLE" cable with the CH340 chipset?

    Specifically, I would like to have access to the bash shell, like when using adb shell with a Nexus 5 running UBports.



  • @llzzrrdd
    You can use the serial cable to access the debug information before the OS is launched.

    To access the shell, I'd recommend to use SSH.



  • I never had to use SSH on the UBports; adb shell was adequate. Of course I can try SSH, but is it possible to get more than debug (to get bash shell actually) from the serial cable?

    Like the classic following example from a line at /etc/inittab ?

    T0:123:respawn:/sbin/getty -L ttyS0 115200 vt100

    Source::
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SerialConsoleHowto



  • @llzzrrdd The Pinephone is a Non-Android phone so we do not have adb there. Thats why we go for ssh, and also on the Android phones ssh will become the de-facto standard. Its much easier to integrate.



  • @Flohack thanks for all your responses! much appreciated!!!

    Sure, I agree let's not use google's adb, one thing less from google the better!

    What I am asking, is if there is any chance except from debug messages to get an actual shell via that serial cable of pinephone?

    What are the chance I can get it working by just editing the inittab like with the previous classic example?

    Has anybody tried it already?


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