System has no more ptys; GCC-3.3.1, Pass 2

Rob D. user at
Tue Nov 25 14:01:12 PST 2003

Erik Postma wrote:

> On Sun, 23 Nov 2003 22:25:17 -0600, "Rob D." <user at> wrote:
>>I'm currently working through the LFS-5.0 book using an LFS-4.0 system 
>>as the host.  I'm working on GCC-3.3.1, pass 2.  I got the error message
>>it lists in the book, "The system has no more ptys.  Ask your system 
>>administrator to create more."  The book suggests that my host 
>>distribution isn't properly set up for PTY operation, and I'm not 
>>suprised of this because it was one of the things I didn't really 
>>understand when I did the LFS-4.0 book.
>>Specifically, the error message I get for executing
>>/expect -c "spawn ls/ is "The system has no more ptys.  Ask your system 
>>administrator to create more."  If I execute this as root, it works just
>>fine, though.  I've done some googling, but couldn't find any definitive
>>solutions to the problem.  The book suggests looking through the wiki, 
>>but I didn't find any answers there, either.
>>I've got devpts mounted on /dev/pts and the kernel has devpts compiled 
>>in.  Can anyone offer any insights into the problem?  Any help at all 
>>would be appreciated.
>>All apologies if this isn't the correct newsgroup to post this problem
> Just a shot in the dark: my /dev/pts directory has these permissions:
> ls -ld /dev/pts
> drwxr-xr-x   2 root     root            0 Nov 25 10:53 /dev/pts
> Does yours have the same?

Yes.  I expect that the problem is permissions related, though.  This is 
the first time I've bumped into this problem.  I probably need to do 
more googling. :)

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