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Old 01-07-2005, 05:21 PM   #1
Registered: Sep 2004
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Can't type text in terminal window

Newbie here running RH9 as web server.

I was messing around with my user profile and group. And was also messing around with Apache settings (default and virtual dmains).

I can't imagine what I changed to cause this, but now I can't type anything into a terminal (console) window. I type and nothing happens. I no longer have my user name as the prompt in the window when it opens either - just a blinking square.

my keyboard works in all the applets and in a text editor, but not in the console window.

Any idea's?

Also, how does one become SU from the Gnome GUI?



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Old 01-08-2005, 02:36 AM   #2
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Ya didn't say if the cursor moves when you type... you might have changed the text colour to the same as the background colour... damn hard to see in that case ;-)

If commands, like exit which give feed back by closing the window on you, work, that may be the problem. Otherwise I am out of ideas. I dont know what terminal program you are using, so I cant say how to change the colour back, but if you did it once , you can do it again right!!

good luck.
Old 01-21-2005, 03:41 PM   #3
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I figured out what happened here when I reloaded Linux and it happened again.

I have 2 identical drives that I performed a

dd if=/dev/hda of=/dev/hdb

command to clone my HD to my 2nd HD. Everything worked OK until I rebooted and that happened, again.

Nothing in the console window but a black square that appeared to be the prompt, only I couldn't do anything with it.

Instead of reloading again, I simply removed the 2nd drive and all is back to normal. It has something to do with loading Linux with 2 HDs that both have a boot sector, I guess. It recognised the error, on boot, but loaded normally, except I can't use the console - which puts me dead in the water for all admin purposes.

I don't have a backup tape, and I like the DD command better than dumping partitions onto the 2nd HD because I can have a bootable HD in case of recovery issues.

Any idea how to get around this?




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