Sending messages to tty1 after xdm exits
I'm using xdm for logging in to my laptop. I wanted to be able to
shutdown so I added buttons to the xdm logging screen.
When the shutdown button is clicked this command is run:
exec /sbin/shutdown -h now 2>/dev/console >/dev/console
The "problem" is that X shuts down and I see my original tty1 screen
(with the left-over startup messages). But the normal shutdown messages
are *not* displayed. I'd like to see those messages.
xdm normally starts xconsole via /etc/X11/xdm/Xsetup so I disabled that
in case that was redirecting console messages, which then meant
/dev/console was not where it used to be).
I also tried just running shutdown without redirecting to /dev/console,
but that didn't do the trick, either.
I do see a few messages -- I assume those are messages sent to stderr
instead of stdout (e.g. I get a warning about unloading some pcmcia
I also tried removing the --quiet option in /etc/init.d/xdm startup
line, but that didn't help either.
Any other ideas?
Install another display manager that has a shutdown button? That's the
easy way out, but I'm curious why I can't get this to work --
for educational experience, you know.
 See: http://neilt.org/computing/xdmshutdownbutton.html