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Bug 25327 - Cannot change virtual terminals
Summary: Cannot change virtual terminals
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: [OLD] Core system (show other bugs)
Hardware: x86 Linux
: High major (vote)
Assignee: Gentoo X packagers
Depends on:
Reported: 2003-07-26 08:55 UTC by Ross
Modified: 2005-10-07 10:24 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

See Also:
Package list:
Runtime testing required: ---

My inittab (inittab,1.52 KB, application/octet-stream)
2003-07-26 09:03 UTC, Ross

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Description Ross 2003-07-26 08:55:30 UTC
I cannot change virtual terminals.
Once X boots up I am stuck, ctrl + alt 1 does not bring up a terminal.

If I open vmware and start a virtual machine I can change consoles.

I'm using the latest nvidia driver and VESA framebuffer. I have removed both of these before and the problem still persists.
Comment 1 Ross 2003-07-26 09:03:23 UTC
Created attachment 15044 [details]
My inittab

Comment 2 SpanKY gentoo-dev 2003-07-26 11:21:36 UTC
what version of vmware ? what version of glibc ? `emerge info` ? do you run 
vmware in full screen or in a window ? 
Comment 3 Ross 2003-08-10 18:00:00 UTC
vmware has nothing to do with it. I had this problem before using vmware at all.

The same thing happens in XDirectFB so its probably not X. This did not happen in Mandrake.

I'm using version 2.3.2-r1 of glibc.
Is there any other info you would like?
Comment 4 Alexander Gabert (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2003-09-09 02:35:53 UTC
what version of XFree86 Xserver are you using?
Comment 5 Andrew Cooks (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2003-12-11 14:00:11 UTC
Which kernel is this? 2.6? Did you compile in /dev/pts filesystem support?

Does the screen just go blank, or can't you get to vc/1 at all?
Comment 6 David Stanek 2004-05-14 11:03:38 UTC
Was is a typo or were you not actually using ctrl-alt-f1?
Comment 7 Ross 2004-05-14 11:06:14 UTC
Sorry yes is a typo.

After experiementing I think I have found part of the problem. As a user if I type:
chvt 1

I get
chvt: VT_ACTIVATE: Operation not permitted

As root I can change VT sucessfully using chvt

Comment 8 David Stanek 2004-05-14 11:32:11 UTC
This seems to be the same as #26648.
Comment 9 Alexander Gabert (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-09-23 18:50:38 UTC
and it did not answer my question: is this related to the x server?

and your answer was: chvt.

that does not satisfy me.

tell me the versions of the mandrake X server and the X server you used for reproducing the problem, please.


Alex (will close bug in 2 weeks if no answer)
Comment 10 Ross 2004-09-24 00:59:29 UTC
Moving from Xfree 3.3.6 i think to 4.1.0 started the problem if I remember correctly. It was so long ago.

I don't think Xfree restores permissions to /dev/console

This system has been up and running for over a year not so my guess is its a config file problem or permissions.

I am currently using xfree 4.3.0-r6 and udev. The problem existed with devfs as well.
Comment 11 Donnie Berkholz (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-09-24 08:40:17 UTC
ls -l /dev/vc/[0-9] /dev/console
Comment 12 Ross 2004-09-24 11:56:46 UTC
crw-------  1 acid2000 tty  5, 1 Sep 24 09:03 /dev/console
crw-rw----  1 root     root 4, 0 May 26 20:26 /dev/vc/0
crw-------  1 root     root 4, 1 Sep 24 09:03 /dev/vc/1
crw-------  1 root     root 4, 2 Sep 24 09:03 /dev/vc/2
crw-rw----  1 root     root 4, 3 Sep 24 09:03 /dev/vc/3
crw-rw----  1 root     tty  4, 4 Sep 24 09:03 /dev/vc/4
crw-rw----  1 root     tty  4, 5 Sep 24 09:03 /dev/vc/5
crw-rw----  1 root     tty  4, 6 Sep 24 09:03 /dev/vc/6
crw-rw----  1 root     tty  4, 7 Sep 24 09:03 /dev/vc/7
crw-rw----  1 root     tty  4, 8 Sep 24 09:03 /dev/vc/8
crw-rw----  1 root     tty  4, 9 Sep 24 09:03 /dev/vc/9
Comment 13 Alexander Gabert (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-12-12 17:58:23 UTC
gone with xorg?

will close bug in 10 days if no replay.


Comment 14 Donnie Berkholz (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-10-07 10:24:43 UTC
Please reopen if this is still a problem with >=