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Old 06-30-2008, 11:04 AM   #1
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gone -- no logout Fedora 9

After logging in to a ttyxx session and then logging out, the workstation is no longer available. The screen has a blinking cursor, no response to keyboard entries. When requesting a last from a terminal, it displays the workstation is 'gone --no logout'. The ps -ef command does not show any processes for the problem session. The only means of regaining control is to reboot.

Is this a bug in Fedora 9? Is there a fix?

Using Fedora 9 x86-64, last updates. Using 2.6.25-14.fc9.x86_64

Thanks for your response.
Old 06-30-2008, 11:13 AM   #2
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use the recovery CD
edit the /etc/inittab file
your tty should be listed in there and look like this...

# Run gettys in standard runlevels
1:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty1
2:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty2
3:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty3
4:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty4
5:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty5
6:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty6
Old 08-15-2008, 06:58 PM   #3
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I'm seeing the same problem here. I'm on an updated kernel (2.6.25-14-108.fc9.i686) and a 32 bit box.

The recommendation above for editing the the inittab lines was correct for fedora 8 and earlier, but in Fedora 9 they have changed the init from the traditional sysv init to Upstart. This uses files in /etc/event.d for it's control, and that's where you will find 6 files named tty[1-6].

For example, tty1 has these two lines at the bottom:
exec /sbin/mingetty tty1

This should be enough to restart the tty/login process when a user logs out.

For me, this seems to work SOME of the time. In particular, on a freshly re-booted box, it seems to work fine. I'm not sure what the cause is, but at some point it's behavior changes to no longer respawning mingetty.

For the original poster - is the problem consistent on your system(s)?
Old 08-26-2008, 10:56 PM   #4
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I've run into a similar problem with a Fedora 9 server.

I've been able to restart the ttys by using the initctl command like so:

# initctl start tty1

Interestingly, initctl list was displaying all the tty services as stopped.

I think something may be configuring wrong. I'll look into this futher.
Old 09-09-2008, 03:11 PM   #5
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Yes we are seeing this too on both our 32 and 64 bit boxes. For us it occurs immediately. Login on the console, and back out, and mingetty is gone.

Would love to find an answer to this!



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