Morning, On Fri, 10 Apr 2009 15:10:11 -0400 Michael <macallan%netbsd.org@localhost> wrote: [...] > On Apr 9, 2009, at 10:01 PM, T. M. Pederson wrote: [...] > > Except that at the time these logs were generated, it did display (xdm > > login window). The mouse and keyboard worked normally, too. > > Thanks for finally telling me. Um, I tried to cover that with the previous message of: "Setting xdm=YES and wscons=NO gets a login screen, but as soon as I log in, the system hangs. At least this approach gets results in the logs." At the time I wrote it, I took it that "login screen" in conjunction with "xdm=YES" implied "xdm login." I apologize for not making that explicit. [...] > Another thing you never told me. I hadn't seen a need to list every element of the mentioned lockup; I'd meant it as a starting position for discussion. I had expected that if any potential element might call for further detail, it would be asked about. [...] > Thanks for finally sharing some useful details. > Things crash if you have virtual consoles ( you have wscons with or > without them ) - weird, works fine here with virtual consoles. From > startx, I never tried xdm. > > So, initially xdm manages to start the Xserver but dies when trying to > run a session. Also, startx dies when trying to run a session. > Anything else you didn't tell me? That's about as compressed a summary as the March 26 message. And, I don't know. What else is relevant? I mean, I expect I'm overlooking *something,* but if no one asks questions to draw my attention to it, I can't usefully state much here. > Anyway, when running startx - does the Xserver die right away or do > you get the usual default black & white background first? What happens Dies right away. > if you just start the Xserver itself, then start an xterm via ssh and > close it again? Closing the xterm gets an (almost) immediate lockup. I say "almost" as the pts in which I'd launched xterm had enought time to follow up with the usual prompt before everthing went tango uniform. Or, to be explicit: oasis$ xterm oasis$ Connection closed by foreign host. > I suspect your session dies and for some reason the Xserver manages to > provoke a panic on exit. That would fit very closely with what I've seen. > Does the mini have a reset button? Sadly no. > Try this before startx: > sysctl -w ddb.commandonenter=reboot > If it's a panic that should reboot the machine and hopefully preserve > the panic message in the dmesg buffer. Oooh. I'd been completely overlooking this (in spite of recent threads elsewhere mentioning it). Thanks! Although, sysctl.conf already has ddb.onpanic=0, which I'd expect to take precedence? Hmm, this gets nothing: The dmesg buffer just has the kernel boot lines.
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