Subject: Re: X hangs hard, what to do?
To: Arto Huusko <>
From: Wayne Cuddy <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 12/05/2001 15:52:12
Did you check to see if the xserver was still running when you were in the
system via telnet?

On Wed, Dec 05, 2001 at 10:29:13PM +0100, Arto Huusko wrote:
> What is one supposed to do, when X (4.1.0, don't remember the date)
> hangs hard (on 1.5.2/i386). By hanging hard I mean that X crashes, but
> as it goes, it crashes the display with it:
>  1. the display freezes, and doesn't drop to console mode
>  2. virtual consoles can't be switched
>  3. no use trying to kill X, as it is already dead
> I was able to log in to the computer using telnet, but that's it.
> I couldn't recover the display, so I had to reboot.
> Also, I could drop to DDB (since telnet stopped responding), and
> continue from there, but still the frozen X screen stayed on.
> Somehow, this feels as a bug of some kind.
> (As I wrote the above, I realize that I didn't try to actually
> restart X... from the telnet login for example. Would that have worked?)
> In any case, the crash seemed to be somekind of race condition
> or such: I started galeon, and while it loaded its pages I tried
> to move the window... and boom.
> -- 
> Arto Huusko ( | Diving Is Fun
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