Subject: Re: /etc/ttys and xdm
To: Ognyan Kulev <>
From: Ian P. Thomas <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 10/14/2004 20:44:44
On Wed, Oct 13, 2004 at 10:00:54AM +0300, Ognyan Kulev wrote:
> Hi,
> I've installed NetBSD 2.0RC1 and configured xdm to start automatically. 
> Unfortunately, this way the first virtual console becomes useless and there 
> are some timeout errors about it.  When in /etc/ttys I make console "off" 
> and ttyE0 "on" (i.e. toggle both), this problem gets fixed.
> Is this intentional behaviour?  If it is, I would like to forward requst to 
> netbsd-docs@ to mention this in The NetBSD Guide.  Or at least add it to 
> Regards,
> ogi

This allows messages sent to the console to be displayed in your X session.
Without it, you might miss important messages sent to the console.

Check out the files: 
for the gory details.