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Top Forums UNIX for Dummies Questions & Answers IP Console Vs Serial console. Post 302550704 by cjcox on Friday 26th of August 2011 06:34:20 PM
Old 08-26-2011
maybe... your question really isn't all that clear.

You might mean with regards to some kind of network remote access to the console head (which would be my favorite guess on this).

In that case, a serial console device is like an Avocent/Cyclades applicance that allows multiple machines to connect via serial cables to that applicance and then you are able to use ssh (for example) to go to the applicance and establish a serial session to the connected hosts. I like this and use this style for a lot of out of band stuff...

Then the IP console solution would likely be some kind of KVM over IP or some kind of access directly to some kind of IPMI like thing (doens't have to be a standard IPMI, could be Sun's ALOM/ILOM, HP's ilO, Dell's DRAC, etc). The IP support through that (the latter IPMI-like case) could come in a myriad of forms... could be some kind of web based access... might fire up a Java based app for the console, etc.).

so... here's hoping I guessed correctly... your question could mean many things!!
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libipmiconsole(3)						  System Commands						 libipmiconsole(3)

NAME
libipmiconsole - IPMI SOL library SYNOPSIS
#include <ipmiconsole.h> int ipmiconsole_engine_init(unsigned int thread_count, unsigned int debug_flags); int ipmiconsole_engine_submit(ipmiconsole_ctx_t c, Ipmiconsole_callback callback, void *callback_arg); int ipmiconsole_engine_submit_block(ipmiconsole_ctx_t c); void ipmiconsole_engine_teardown(int cleanup_sol_sessions); ipmiconsole_ctx_t ipmiconsole_ctx_create(char *hostname, struct ipmiconsole_ipmi_config *ipmi_config, struct ipmiconsole_protocol_config *protocol_config); int ipmiconsole_ctx_errnum(ipmiconsole_ctx_t c); char *ipmiconsole_ctx_strerror(int errnum); ipmiconsole_ctx_status_t ipmiconsole_ctx_status(ipmiconsole_ctx_t c); int ipmiconsole_ctx_fd(ipmiconsole_ctx_t c); int ipmiconsole_ctx_generate_break(ipmiconsole_ctx_t c); int ipmiconsole_ctx_destroy(ipmiconsole_ctx_t c); DESCRIPTION
Libipmiconsole implements a high level serial-over-lan (SOL) API for remote console access. It can be used to establish and manage multiple IPMI 2.0 SOL sessions. The goal of this library is to abstract away all of the underlying IPMI/SOL details away from the user into a rela- tively simple file descriptor interface. FILES
/usr/include/ipmiconsole.h REPORTING BUGS
Report bugs to <freeipmi-users@gnu.org> or <freeipmi-devel@gnu.org>. COPYRIGHT
Copyright (C) 2007-2012 Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC. Copyright (C) 2006-2007 The Regents of the University of California. This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. SEE ALSO
ipmiconsole(8) http://www.gnu.org/software/freeipmi/ libipmiconsole 1.1.5 2012-06-15 libipmiconsole(3)

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