Null modem emulator
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tty0tty - linux null modem emulator v1.2

The tty0tty directory tree is divided in:

module - linux kernel module null-modem
pts - null-modem using ptys (without handshake lines)

Null modem pts (unix98):

When run connect two pseudo-ttys and show the connection names:

(/dev/pts/1) <=> (/dev/pts/2)

the connection is:

TX -> RX
RX <- TX

Module:

The module is tested in kernel 3.10.2 (debian)

When loaded, create 8 ttys interconnected:

/dev/tnt0 <=> /dev/tnt1
/dev/tnt2 <=> /dev/tnt3
/dev/tnt4 <=> /dev/tnt5
/dev/tnt6 <=> /dev/tnt7

the connection is:

TX -> RX
RX <- TX
RTS -> CTS
CTS <- RTS
DSR <- DTR
CD <- DTR
DTR -> DSR
DTR -> CD

Requirements:

For building the module kernel-headers or kernel source are necessary.

Installation:

Download the tty0tty package from one of these sources: Clone the repo https://github.com/freemed/tty0tty

git clone https://github.com/freemed/tty0tty

Extract it

tar xf tty0tty-1.2.tgz

Build the kernel module from provided source

cd tty0tty-1.2/module
make

Copy the new kernel module into the kernel modules directory

sudo cp tty0tty.ko /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/kernel/drivers/misc/

Load the module

sudo depmod
sudo modprobe tty0tty

You should see new serial ports in /dev/ (ls /dev/tnt*) Give appropriate permissions to the new serial ports

sudo chmod 666 /dev/tnt*

You can now access the serial ports as /dev/tnt0 (1,2,3,4 etc) Note that the consecutive ports are interconnected. For example, /dev/tnt0 and /dev/tnt1 are connected as if using a direct cable.

Persisting across boot:

edit the file /etc/modules (Debian) or /etc/modules.conf

nano /etc/modules

and add the following line:

tty0tty

Note that this method will not make the module persist over kernel updates so if you ever update your kernel, make sure you build tty0tty again repeat the process.

Debian package

In order to build the dkms Debian package

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install -y dh-make dkms build-essential
debuild -uc -us

Contact

For e-mail suggestions : lcgamboa@yahoo.com