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X session startup failure/ serial port config - advice needed


I have successfully installed Debian on my Macintosh Centris 610 with a
68040 replacing 68LC040. I have used a combination of Christian Steigies'
most recent boot floppies and the Debian 2.2r2 distribution on CDs.

I have a couple of remaining issues. I have installed gpm which is not
installed as part of the full X install available from tasksel.  With that,
I have with the help of others, got X running to the extent that I get an X
login screen.  When I log in, the X login screen vanishes, leaving the grey
screen with centred X-cursor, some disk activity occurs, then I get the
login screen back.

I have swapped to another virtual console using Ctrl-Option-F1 from the X
login screen, followed by Cmd-F5 to get to tty5.  This enables me to grab
the .xsession-errors file which contains the following:

/usr/bin/X11/WindowMaker: error in loading shared libraries:
libwraster.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

Can anyone give me a clue as to what to do next?

The second issue is setting up dial services so I can dial out to my ISP.
My modem is on /dev/ttyS0.  The automatic setup software, wvdial, probes
that port, but apparently gets no response.  However, if I simply 'cat' the
device /dev/ttyS0, 'TR' is asserted on the modem (the TR led on the front
panel lights up).  I don't know of a utility that allows simple two-way
communication with the raw device - I'm probably missing something obvious
- so I can debug further.  If I use setserial to change the portspeed and
re-run wvdial, wvdial crashes on me. Is there a simple terminal emulator
that uses the raw device? If telnet does it, I can't work out how.

Thanks for any advice.



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