So.. How can I save the text that is based on Q/A's when installing an OpenBSD 5.3? Or I only have the choice to manually type the texts down? or an OCR software using printscreens?
One often-overlooked easy way is to do the install over a serial port. That assumes the machine has a serial port, which is not always the case.
I know, you will say "but my machine doesn't do a serial port console". That doesn't matter. There are two ways to tell OpenBSD to use a serial console, the first, most useful in doing a fresh install from a CD is to use the boot loader:
>> OpenBSD/amd64 BOOT 3.23 boot> stty com0 9600 com0: 9600 baud boot> set tty com0 switching console to com0 >> OpenBSD/amd64 BOOT 3.23 boot> boot
The second is to put these same parameters in
# cat /etc/boot.conf stty com0 9600 set tty com0
Then you can just log your terminal to a file, or cut and paste from putty, etc. I have some machines that "don't do serial consoles" booting this way, and unless there is a boot failure on the BIOS level, it works great.
If you are using
tip, you can start recording a session by setting the variable
script. You set a variable in tip by issuing
kellogg# tip tty03 connected ~[set] script
The default file name is
tip.record. You can change that name by setting the
record variable. The default recording includes non-printable characters, you can stop
tip from doing that by setting the
You can also create a
.tiprc file in your home directory to set these variables for you on any tip session.
set script set beautify set record=/tmp/tip.txt