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Old 10-22-2003, 01:04 PM   #1
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Gnome-Terminal not responding.

I've had a hell of a time installing Gentoo on my HP Pavillion ZE4420us laptop. I actually have two kernels on here. Kernel 2.4.20 and kernel 2.6.0. I've had many issues with the installation but I'm learning alot. Now to the question....

When I boot up using kernel 2.4.20, the gnome-terminal works fine the way its supposed to. However, when I boot up using kernel 2.6.0, the gnome-terminal works incorrectly. The GUI for the terminal loads, and the cursor blinks on the screen. It doesn't show a prompt and doesn't let me type anything. I thought it might have been X, and I think I'm using X version 4.3. Can someone help me understand what's going on here, and how can I fix this issue.

Old 10-23-2003, 04:12 PM   #2
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Your problem is that linux 2.6.0 requires you to use the devpts filesystem for pts's, which you need for things like gnome-terminal.

Just put :
devpts /dev/pts devpts defaults 0 0

into your /etc/fstab, and use "mount -t devpts none /dev/pts" to fix the problem. You might need to "mkdir /dev/pts" as well, if it doesn't already exist.
Old 10-26-2003, 07:19 AM   #3
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I tried the above and I get this error:

mount: fs type devpts not supported by kernel

I thought I enabled it in before I recompiled the kernel but I guess not. CAn you tell me where in "make menuconfig" where I need to enable support? Thanks in advance.



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