Subject: Re: serial console vs X
To: Malcolm Herbert <>
From: David Laight <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 08/29/2005 10:07:31
On Mon, Aug 29, 2005 at 10:56:23AM +1000, Malcolm Herbert wrote:
> 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 ...

Run the 'console' login session on /dev/constty instead of /dev/console.

The code that 'steals' the console output (for the xconsole window) will
then not affect the serial terminal login.

Alternatively just don't run xconsole.


David Laight: