[Soekris] Power on/off and bios access
glisten at witworx.com
Tue Apr 20 03:26:28 UTC 2010
On Tue, 20 Apr 2010 11:17:35 +0900, Alan wrote:
>Is it possible to power off a net5501 box by software (eg: shutdown -h
>now), and maybe also power it back on using wake-on-lan?
>Is it possible to access the BIOS after the OS is running? I'm
>thinking of Sun machines, in which you can hit stop-a on the keyboard
>to interrupt the OS and go back to the PROM, and then resume OS
>execution at any time, or reboot, or power off the machine. If using
>a serial console one could send a break signal to go to the PROM as
>Break signals seem to be ignored by my net5501.
>If all this is not currently implemented, I would like to suggest this
>for future versions of the hardware (or firmware?).
The Soekris is not a general purpose computer. The power supply is not
a part of the system. Many Soekris in the field are powered by wall
warts and I've yet to see one of those do anything as stupid as to
pretend to turn off but not really to do so. Like those PC toys which
don't even have a true power switch so that you can work on the mobo
without pulling out the mains plug.
Simplicity is the friend of reliability and with heaps of firewalls in
the field, some of them thousands of miles/km/leagues away, I'll vote
for simplicity every time.
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This life is not the real thing.
It is not even in Beta.
If it was, then OpenBSD would already have a man page for it.
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