Problems with gnome-terminal not starting properly under GDM
jan.listbox at belvento.org
Mon Oct 1 08:55:08 PDT 2001
Steve Bougerolle wrote:
> I've got this annoying bug again where I can't open gnome-terminals. With
> enough prompting I get this error message:
> "There has been an error while trying to log in.
> If you are using Linux 2.2.x with glibc 2.1.x, this
> is probably due to incorrectly setup Unix98 ptys."
> This ONLY happens with SOME user names. ie, it works with root and if I
> log in as user "steve" but NOT if I log in as user "CC". (CC and Steve
> should be equivalent setups, even with the same group).
Do all of these users have the same exact GNOME preference files? I don't
know where they are... ~/.gnome ??? Maybe there is something
weird/old/outdated in the cc user's preference files???
> I've checked all the docs I can find. My system uses devpts - all the pty*
> and ttyp* nodes have been removed. This seems to work fine for just about
> every other app I've tried; xterm works, PPPoE works, and as I said
> gnome-terminal works some times but not other times.
When did you remove the pty* and ttyp* devices, before or after
installing GNOME ??? I don't know if this really matters, but in
my experience it does? I don't know GNOME, but I had exactly the
same problem once a long time ago with KDE and Konsole.
Even after I removed the old pty devices in favour of devpts, that
stupid Konsole still wanted to open the old ones. They didn't exist.
It failed. I trashed Konsole in favour of XTERM. Yay, XTERM! =)
A regular old xterm is much better than any of these fake, desktop
environment terminal emulators out there.
> Permissions on the relevant nodes:
> crw-rw-rw- 1 root tty 5, 2 Oct 1 13:38 /dev/ptmx
> drwxrwxr-x 2 root tty 0 Oct 1 2001 /dev/pts
> and some of the currently-running pts, just for good measure (from ls -l
> total 0
> crw--w---- 1 cc tty 136, 0 Oct 1 13:39 0
> crw------- 1 root tty 136, 2 Oct 1 13:30 2
> The tty group is #4. Here's the mount line from fstab:
> none /dev/pts devpts gid=4,mode=620
> 0 0
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