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Problem with chrooted Etch

When I open a terminal from an X-Window it does not accept entries and after a minute displays a message, "There was an error creating a child process for this terminal." In some cases there was a message like failed to create child process x-terminal-emulator. There is in fact a soft link from x-terminal-emulator in /usr/bin to /etc/alternatives/x-terminal-emulator which is in turn a soft link to /usr/bin/gnome-terminal.wrapper. PATH includes bin and sbin in /, /usr and /usr/local.

I installed this chrooted version of Etch as described in Debian Reference - Debian tips, sections From the console (Ctl-Alt-F8) I can enter commands and edit files with no problems. From X-Window (CTL-ATL-F9) I can launch programs - example: Gimp2.2 - and access the internet - Gnome Web Browser 2.14.3 - but I can't do any system administration or open a working terminal window.

A word of further explanation. Initially I installed both gdm and gnome as described in the Debian-tips. The messages regarding x-terminal-emulator occurred when Gnome was installed. I subsequently used dpkg to purge Gnome and installed icewm in hopes of resolving the problem but this did not help. I had thought that if only I could open a terminal window I could run gdmsetup - it could not be run from Gnome. This did not work, again with a message to the effect could not launch child process - no such program. In fact, gdmsetup is in /usr/sbin. When I say I cannot open a working terminal window I mean I cannot open a working terminal window from Gnome or from Failsafe Gnome or from Failsafe Terminal or from icewm.

I have checked /var/log/Xorg.0.log and /var/log/gdm/:0.log but these contain mainly entries about the problem with wacom but this is a different problem. (I like to use a Wacom tablet with its mouse. In my primary installation (Lenny) it works perfectly and /dev/input contains a softlink from wacom to event4. I copied my version of xorg.conf to the the chrooted Etch but there is only event0 to event3 in /dev/input and MAKEDEV does not know how to create event4. As a result the wacom pen works perfectly but the mouse does not/)

Perhaps there is an ownership or permission issue that is the root of the terminal problem? If so, I haven't been able to pin it down.


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