• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL
Help

3. The TiVo Shell > 30. Enabling Bash over the Serial Port

Enabling Bash over the Serial Port

The simplest way to get a prompt on your TiVo is to activate the serial port and connect your TiVo to your PC.

Since the days of yore, one of the most common and simple methods for hooking together two PCs has been to use the serial port. A garden-variety serial cable (I’ve collected a case of them over the years) plus a $5 null modem adapter will provide a fine, albeit slow, connection between the two machines. Fire up just about any terminal program (e.g., Windows’ HyperTerm), and you can flow text from one machine to the other.

Enabling the Bash shell so that it’s available to the serial port the next time your TiVo boots requires command-line access to your TiVo drive. Yes, we know it’s a catch-22—one solved by mounting the right drive partitions [Hack #29] and turning on the Bash shell. This hack assumes you’ve already mounted the drive partitions.


PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint