Subject: Re: strange lockups in X
To: None <>
From: Mike Long <>
List: current-users
Date: 01/23/1994 02:17:20
>Date: Sat, 22 Jan 94 17:26 EST
>From: Roland McGrath <>
>When I run my normal X setup, with several clients at once, some from the
>net, and including a changing background picture frob going all the time
>(at nice -20) so the X server never sits still, after a short time of use
>(before today's kernel it happened immediately) I can do X things and type
>into my xterms, but the shells seem not to be able to fork; I can keep
>using my emacs until it tries to fork a subprocess, at which point it
>wedges completely.

Sounds like you're running out of process table entries to me.  Try
increasing 'maxusers' in your kernel config (A good idea for X users
anyway).  You may also want to make sure that you have enough ptys.
Mike Long                               
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