An odd change at the TTY1-6 login: prompts
(warning: esoteric topic, sophomoric poster)
I have noticed a change in the "_" cursor at the runlevel3
prompt. I can now use the arrow keys to move that cursor all around the
screen and print in any area of the screen. However, any movement of that
cursor prior to actually filling in the credentials seems to count as a
character registration, and so the login fails.
When the prompt resets itself, the cursor is no longer free. It
will move only along the line of input, and the arrow keys return "^[[A^[[B", etc. It's almost as if two separate (and different) "logins"
were running one after the other.
gpm is also supposed to be running, and ps says it is, but there
is no mouse cursor in the TTYs. Pretty sure all this is new since 13.37 or maybe since an update of 14.0. Not sure.
So if anyone knows what besides an update of "login" itself could explain
this, I'd love to know.