Emergency console access
Sometimes you may want to access the node console to perform troubleshooting steps or emergency maintenance. For instance, you may want to access the emergency shell on the console, in order to debug first boot provisioning issues.
All Fedora CoreOS (FCOS) images come with a default configuration for the console which is meant to accommodate most virtualized and bare-metal setups. Older FCOS releases enabled both serial and graphical consoles by default. Newer releases use different defaults for each cloud and virtualization platform, and use the kernel’s defaults (typically a graphical console) on bare metal. New installs of Fedora CoreOS will switch to these new defaults starting with releases on these dates:
nextstream: October 3, 2022
testingstream: November 28, 2022
stablestream: December 12, 2022
The default consoles may not always match your specific hardware configuration. In that case, you can tweak the console setup. Fedora CoreOS has special support for doing this during bare-metal installation, and in other cases you can adjust kernel parameters. Both approaches use kernel argument syntax for specifying the desired consoles. You can specify multiple consoles; kernel messages will appear on all of them, but only the last-specified device will be used as the foreground interactive console (i.e.
/dev/console) for the machine.
If you are installing FCOS via
coreos-installer, you can configure the console at install time.
sudo podman run --pull=always --privileged --rm \
-v /dev:/dev -v /run/udev:/run/udev -v .:/data -w /data \
install /dev/vdb -i config.ign \
--console tty0 --console ttyS0,115200n8
This will configure both the GRUB bootloader and the kernel to use the specified consoles.
If you are launching FCOS from an image (in a cloud or a virtual machine), you can use Ignition to configure the console at provisioning time.
# Order is significant, so group both arguments into the same list entry.
- console=tty0 console=ttyS0,115200n8
# Remove any existing defaults. Adjust as needed.
This will configure the kernel to use the specified consoles. The GRUB bootloader will continue to use its previous default. Ignition will configure the console, then reboot into the new configuration and continue provisioning the node.
You can adjust the console configuration of an existing FCOS node via
sudo rpm-ostree kargs --append=console=tty0 --append=console=ttyS0,115200n8 --reboot
rpm-ostree will create a new deployment with the specified kernel arguments added and reboot into the new configuration. The GRUB bootloader will continue to use its previous default.
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