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As its name suggests, picocom is a minimal dumb-terminal emulation program. It is, in principle, very much like minicom, only it's “pico” instead of “mini”! It was designed to serve as a simple, manual, modem configuration, testing, and debugging tool. It has also served (quite well) as a low-tech “terminal-window” to allow operator intervention in PPP connection scripts (something like the ms-windows “open terminal window before / after dialing” feature). It could also prove useful in many other similar tasks. It is ideal for embedded systems since its memory footprint is minimal (less than 20K, when stripped).


picocom can be selected in the configuration system, and will appear in /bin

Blackfin app programs  --->
    [ ] picocom


There is a man page included with the source distribution which describes how it is used:

rgetz@pinky:~/blackfin-trunk/uclinux-dist> nroff -man user/blkfin-apps/picocom/picocom.8 | less