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translators under /dev

I am a new user of GNU/Hurd.  I installed last week from the H4
iso images.

This is probably an easy question for someone:

System boots and seems to run fine.  The main important processes
are running, including proc, init, ext2fs.static, exec, auth, 
runsystem, runttys, and other daemons like syslogd and inetd.

All total, around 20-30 processes, depending on what I'm doing.

The problem starts when I try to do "cd /dev ; ls "

Suddenly, there are about 128 processes; all the new ones look 
like this:

root   162     3   -  0:00.04 /hurd/term /dev/ptyq8 pty-master /dev/ttyq8
root   163     3   -  0:00.03 /hurd/term /dev/ptyq9 pty-master /dev/ttyq9
root   164     3   -  0:00.00 /hurd/term /dev/ptyqa pty-master /dev/ttyqa
root   165     3   -  0:00.03 /hurd/term /dev/ptyqb pty-master /dev/ttyqb
root   166     3   -  0:00.01 /hurd/term /dev/ptyqc pty-master /dev/ttyqc
root   167     3   -  0:00.03 /hurd/term /dev/ptyqd pty-master /dev/ttyqd
root   168     3   -  0:00.03 /hurd/term /dev/ptyqe pty-master /dev/ttyqe
root   169     3   -  0:00.01 /hurd/term /dev/ptyqf pty-master /dev/ttyqf

Sometimes, the system hangs, IP stack seems to crash, other times not.
I have 64 Mb ram and 256 Mb swap enabled.

From what little I know about Hurd, it appears that there are passive
translators set in all the nodes under /dev, and the ls command brings
them alive.  This does not seem like proper behaviour and I don't remember
this happening when I first installed the system.  I have not made any
changes to /dev or any of the nodes within it, except to run MAKEDEV to
create the driver nodes I need for my scsi disk.  The ptys were already
there after the install.

Could someone offer any clues ?  

K. Bradford

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K. Bradford
Unix Systems Admin
Clarkdale Jerome School District
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