SUMMARY: Serial console vs. RSC console

From: Rick von Richter <>
Date: Fri Apr 29 2005 - 12:47:32 EDT
Many thanks to those that responded and suffered thru my replies. 8-)

First of all, I received many answers that there is NO difference 
between the RSC console and the serial console.  The console is the 
console. Nuff said...

I finally figured this one out.There were two different issues on two 

Server #1
Originally, I went into the OBP, ran nvedit and looked at the lines and 
did not see any problems. What I failed to do was look at ALL of the 
lines. I merely stopped at the first blank line thinking it was the 
last. In nvedit, I found that Ctrl-L will list all of the lines. I found 

{0} ok nvedit
    0: devalias test2 test2
    1: devalias vx-rootdisk1 /pci@1f,4000/scsi@3/disk@0,0:a
    2: probe-all install-console banner
    3: cd /pci@1f,4000/scsi@5
    4: 6 " scsi-initiator-id" integer-property
    5: device-end
    5: device-end
   15: devalias vx-rootdisk2 /pci@1f,4000/scsi@3/disk@1,0:a
   16: setenv boot-device vx-rootdisk2

Apparently, some lines were erased but not deleted and I completely 
missed them.

Server #2
This one was a bit easier to find since use-nvramrc? was set to false. 
I found a /etc/rcS.d script that had this line in it:
eeprom boot-device rootdisk-p rootmirror-d
The reason why it was intermittent was because I didn't boot all of the 
time. I had set auto-boot? to false to troubleshoot.  So, this would not 
hit until I actually did a boot.

This is what you get when you inherit systems.
Cheers, Rick

Original question
We're running across some strange behavior.  We are setting aliases and
noticed something strange.  If we set the aliases from a serial console
they stick across reboots.  If we set them from the RSC console then
they revert.  Is there a difference between the serial console and the
RSC console (other than how you get in obviously)?  This makes no sense
to me because it's the same OBP.

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