Subject: Re: Unable to open terminals in X
To: Steven M. Bellovin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Ian P. Thomas Ipt <email@example.com>
Date: 12/20/2001 19:53:10
On Thu, Dec 20, 2001 at 07:31:30PM -0500, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:
> In message <20011220173436.B153@solo.scraemondaemon.org>, "Ian P. Thomas Ipt" w
> > After having upgraded from Version 3.3.6 to 4.1.0, I can bring up
> >blackbox and other programs like xbiff, xload, xman, etc. However, I can't
> >bring up any xterm's or rxvt's. When I try to, an rxvt will flash on the
> >screen briefly and then disappear. The error I've found examining a file
> >created using the following
> >startx >& xerrors
> > are as follows
> >rxvt: couldn't open psuodo-tty
> > xterm doesn't present any error messages, it simply doesn't work. I've
> >tried entering X from xdm, and again, I'm still unable to get an xterm or
> >rxvt. Even the console app at the bottom of an xdm login screen appears
> >briefly and then vanishes.
> > Not sure where to go next.
> The obvious thing is to check the permissions on your master and slave
> ptys. Here's what they look like on a (currently unused) pty on a
> 1.5.2 system of mine running X 4.1:
> crw-rw-rw- 1 root wheel 6, 15 May 11 2001 /dev/ptypf
> crw-rw-rw- 1 root wheel 5, 15 May 11 2001 /dev/ttypf
Mine also have the same permissions. I was able to get an error
message from trying to execute xterm:
xterm:no available ptys: no such file or directory
I know this isn't true. I have ptys listed in /etc/ttys and in /dev.
Do I need to add anything to /etc/ttys? Here is what my ptys look like in
ttyp0 none network
The rest under it are identical. The tty that X comes up on is listed
ttyE4 "/usr/libexec/getty Pc" vt220 off secure
I'm using NetBSD 1.4.3. Forgot to mention it in the original e-mail.
Not sure if that makes a difference.
of Course It Runs NetBSD
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