Subject: Re: misc/5115: xdm doesn't run correctly when called from /etc/rc
To: Todd Vierling <tv@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Wolfgang Rupprecht <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 03/04/1998 13:07:57
Todd Vierling writes:
> Your best solution is to have getty on ttyv0, not ttyv1, and run X on ttyv1. 

Nailing down xdm to use a specific ttyvXXX is certainly another of
many work arounds.  Using ttyv1 for X is a clever workaround for some
programs that keep the console/ttyv0 open.

The bottom line bugglet is still: there are things that xdm doesn't
like about the way some programs close (or don't close) their ttys.

Old SUNOS rc files used to be littered with redirections and
sub-shells in an attempt to lose ttys.  Perhaps that wasn't such a bad

Wolfgang Rupprecht    <>
	  Never trust a program you don't have sources for.