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Re: My system behaves weird.. (fwd)

On Wed, 13 Dec 1995, Erick Branderhorst wrote:
> > Could anyone check and see if this problem is only occuring on my system?
> I'm not sure if and how all of this goes on on my machine but I experienced some
> weirdness with shutdown/reboot/ctrl-alt-deb. It sometimes even didn't get 
> through the shutdown process, so I switched off.

I think I've solved the problem.  It seems that init does some unexpected 
things to accomodate for people that use the serial line as system console.

In a standard debian distribution /dev/console is a link to /dev/tty0 (c 
4 0).  Init expects /dev/console to be a link to the logical console and 
/dev/systty to be a link to the physical console (tty0, ttyS1 or similar).

So when you do a halt with ctrl-alt-delete or shutdown now it links 
/dev/console to /dev/systty if they are not both linked to the same 
device.  Now, I haven't managed to find any debian package that installs 
the /dev/systty-link, so when init redirects output to it it is created 
as a regular file, /dev/console is linked to it and things become kind of 

On my system I've linked /dev/console and /dev/systty to /dev/tty0 and 
things seem to be ok. Could this be a bug? I didn't find any systty in 
the Contents file on ftp.debian.org either..

As for my problem with xconsole.  It seems that I removed an old 
startup-script for named that was placed in /etc/rc.boot so instead of 
named starting before syslog I now start syslog(S10) and later on 
named(S19), and when syslog start reciving stuff from named it stops 
using /dev/xconsole. (It works ok if I don't start named or start syslog 
after named.. WEIRD.)


Erick Branderhorst@heel.fgg.eur.nl +31-10-4635142
Department of General Surgery (Intensive Care) University Hospital Rotterdam NL

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