Subject: Re: serial console vs X
To: Malcolm Herbert <>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 08/28/2005 23:09:47
In message <>, Malcolm Herbert writes:
>A discussion on current-users regarding keyboards reminded me to ask
>about a problem I'm seeing on my 2.0.2 machine at home. I have for a
>long time been using a Wyse 50 serial terminal as my console but have
>recently configured X to run on the machine as well 
>Unfortunately once X starts I find that the serial console stops
>responding completely. Also, I find that xconsole (which presumably has
>grabbed the console device) now has the login banner appearing every
>60sec or so ...
>Is there any way to restore my serial console and use X at the same
>time? Killing xconsole seems to help, but isn't perfect as although text
>will appear on the Wyse, I still can't log in ...

Do you just want to log in to the Wyse, or do you want it as your 
console?  For the former, I *think* you can disable /dev/console in
/etc/ttys and enable /dev/tty00 instead.  Don't run xconsole (or
xterm -C) and I *think* you'll be able to keep the rest of the setup as 

		--Steven M. Bellovin,