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The Book Of VMware - The Complete Guide To VMware Workstation (2002)

The Book Of VMware - The Complete Guide To VMware Workstation (2002)

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There are two main sets of serial port devices under FreeBSD: one for dialing in, and one for dialing out.
Dial−in ports are /dev/ttyd*—under VMware, they’re /dev/ttyd0 through /dev/ttyd3 for COM1 through
COM4. The corresponding dial−out ports are /dev/cua0 through /dev/cua3. A rule of thumb is that if a
program such as pppd, cu, tip, minicom needs to use a serial port to reach a remote system or device, it uses
the cua* device, but it uses ttyd* for any attached terminal or modem where users may log in and run a shell.
Normally, you need to configure only one system daemon for the ttyd* ports: getty. The configuration file that
normally turns that on is /etc/ttys.

Under the default kernel configuration, FreeBSD won’t recognize the third and fourth serial ports (COM3 and
COM4). You can reconfigure and recompile a new kernel, but it won’t help you recognize more than two
serial ports. VMware Workstation uses shared IRQs in its virtual serial ports; FreeBSD doesn’t support shared
IRQs on standard PC serial ports.

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