Why puppyserialdetect was removed

I was asked today why 4.1 does not have 'puppyserialdetect' at bootup. Three reasons:

1. Sometimes causes hang at bootup, as for example:
"it boots but freezes on puppyserialdetect is running. I have to switch off to get out."
(http://www.linuxformat.co.uk/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&t=8546, also: http://www.tipidpc.com/viewtopic.php?tid=156740)

2. Not reliable.
There was very strange behaviour, where sometimes a modem or serial mouse was detected, sometimes not.

3. Slow.
4.1 was a major exercise to speed up booting, and puppyserialdetect can be very slow. If I recall rightly, this was due to the modem probing.

I decided that it is easy enough to probe for a serial modem after bootup. I have probably explained this in an earlier blog or forum post, though I can't find it right now.

Posted on 16 Oct 2008, 20:55


Posted on 19 Oct 2008, 4:04 by edoc
What about non-modem devices?
I have a weather station which communicates via the serial port & cannot figure out how to talk to it using Puppy 4.1

Is there a provision for non-modem serial devices?

Thanks! doc