Setting up a headless Debian box

John G Heim jheim at
Fri Apr 14 18:30:57 UTC 2017

Henry is right. It's been so many years since I've come across a BIOS 
configured that way that I forgot it could be a problem.   So it's 
possible that your machine might not boot without a keyboard but it's 
pretty unlikely.

On 04/14/2017 01:11 PM, Henry Yen wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 14, 2017 at 12:15:38PM -0500, John J. Boyer wrote:
>> What I'm concerned about is whether the box will boot without a
>> keyboard. If I shut it down and later press the power button will it
>> boot?
> Whether or not a box will boot without a keyboard is a function of the
> firmware/bios of the box. Typically there's a bios/setup selection option
> called "Halt On Error?", with choices of "All" or "All except keyboard".
> The former will prevent the box from booting if no keyboard is detected
> while the latter will not.
> Linux does not care.
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