I am trying to talk to a device over serial (ttyAMA0 or serial0) and it works, but sometimes I get the following TX from my rpi4, which crashes the device I talk to:

[22763.820857] sysrq: HELP : loglevel(0-9) reboot(b) crash(c) terminate-all-tasks(e) memory-full-oom-kill(f) kill-all-tasks(i) thaw-filesystems(j) sak(k) show-backtrace-all-active-cpus(l) show-memory-usage(m) nice-all-RT-tasks(n) poweroff(o) show-registers(p) show-all-timers(q) unraw(r) sync(s) show-task-states(t) unmount(u) show-blocked-tasks(w) dump-ftrace-buffer(z)

I have already disabled shell over serial with raspi-config. In the /boot/config.txt I added the following lines:


Is there some way to disable that or do I have to use another UART? And what causes sysrq to appear on UART?

EDIT: I also don't have console=serial0, 115200 in /boot/cmdline.txt. I also tried stopping [email protected], but that also didn't help.

  • Ultimatively, it came down to this command: sudo systemctl mask [email protected]
    – tester
    Commented Feb 21 at 10:58

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I think I fixed not only the serial console problem, but also the permissions on ttyAMA0 by disabling this service:

sudo systemctl mask [email protected]

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