Subject: Re: serial console, X11, and keyboards
To: Chuck Cranor <>
From: Lennart Augustsson <>
List: current-users
Date: 01/30/2002 20:07:17
Chuck Cranor wrote:

> On Wed, Jan 30, 2002 at 09:55:03AM -0600, Frederick Bruckman wrote:
> > The difference is, screen 0 is not configured automatically when it's
> > not the console. You might be able to work around the bug in the Xserver
> > by arranging to configure screen 0 manually before starting X, in the
> > serial console case, with "wsconsfg -e vt100 0" or similar. Better, I
> > seem to recall that it doesn't hurt anything to uncomment the line for
> > screen 0 in "/etc/wscons.conf even when the PC console is used. The
> > start-up script just complains that screen 0 is already configured.
> sure enough, i uncommented the "screen 0" line from /etc/wscons.conf
> and the keyboard now works with X11 and serial console.  thanks!
> it also works with the normal console.
> ... but the default configuration of wscons.conf seems wrong to me.
> is there ever a case where you wouldn't want screen 0 configured if
> it is there?  why not uncomment that line in the master copy in the
> cvs tree?

Because screen 0 is automagically configured if you don't have serial console.
And then you get a complaint when trying to configure it.
Maybe we should just have a way of shutting up the complaint?

    -- Lennart