Subject: Re: pcvt3.32 bug ?
To: Matthieu Herrb <email@example.com>
From: Tim Rightnour <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 01/04/1999 11:46:16
(forwarding this to tech-userlevel)
On 04-Jan-99 Matthieu Herrb spoke unto us all:
# You wrote (in your message from Sun 3)
# > I'm using netbsd 1.3.2 with the included pcvt (3.32) console-driver.
# > 1. Is it right that I've to start xdm in daemon-mode to get the virtual
# > consoles?
# For instance if /dev/ttyC7 is marqued `off' in /etc/ttys, you should
# use the line
# :0 local /usr/X11R6/bin/X vt08
# in /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xdm/Xservers. (Xfree86 numbers VT starting at 1,
# while the /dev entries start at 0).
This is a *constant* problem for new users trying to use X, and we've seen it a
hundred times.. I propose the following:
We set up /etc/ttys with some number of vitrual consoles.. lets say 3 for now.
We ship an Xservers file that says:
# change this to one higher than your last vt in /etc/ttys
0: local /usr/X11R6/bin/X vt03
and then we place:
# remember to change /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xdm/Xservers if you are using xdm and
# change virtual terminals.
This will make the system actually *work* out of the box, when someone types
xdm=YES, and rightly expects it to start xdm.
Even if we ship GENERIC with pccons, which is fine.. then we should at *least*
provide the above comments, and an example in Xservers to make it as simple as
Tim Rightnour - email@example.com
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