Bug#408437: cdebconf-gtk-udeb: Rescue mode doesn't work with g-i
Frans Pop wrote:
tags 408437 + pending
On Thursday 25 January 2007 21:22, Mike Hommey wrote:
Everything is in the subject: the Rescue mode fails with g-i. See the
attached screenshot. Maybe it should use openvt to run the shell and
chvt to come back to g-i after the shell exits.
I'm not sure how you got to that screenshot. If I choose either of
the "start a shell" options in the graphical installer, the installer
effectively hangs while trying to open that shell (you can still switch
to another VT though).
I have committed a patch to rescue mode that suppresses the "execute a
shell" options if the gtk frontend is used. I'll also document this
limitation in the installation guide and suggest that users switch to VT2
or VT3 and use chroot instead.
Unfortunately it is not possible anymore to add a decent informational
message in the installer itself before RC2.
The openvt and chvt commands are not available in the installer, but if
anyone can supply a working solution to start a shell from the graphical
installer, that would be most welcome. It is already a TODO item for
I wrote a chvt similar app some months ago, but the final choice was not
including it in the installer; anyway if someone wants it, the
sourcecode is still available as an attachment in the bug tracker .
Looking for a more solid solution to this issue, i've been investigating
about patching a console widget like libvte or libzvt not to depend from
X anymore, so that we can includeit ans an udeb in the g-i and provide a
graphical shell from within the GTK frontend.
Nowadays libvte is much popular than libzvt, but libzvt is smaller and
may find a niche for those non X applications like the g-i.
Pherhaps libzvt author would be interested in working on this with the
Finally, should this bug be merged with 339855 (cc'ed)?