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Old 04-21-2011, 11:48 AM   #1
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Terminal doesn't launch (Arch + Xfce)

Well... A few days ago, I was trying to make uDev let me mount and unmount devices from my Xfce desktop... I installed udiskie, modified fstab, and finally got it working, but somewhere in the process, my terminal emulator just... died. Now, when I try to launch it, I get this error message: "Falló al ejecutar hijo" (I think I can translate that as Failed to execute child... process? not quite sure) "getpt failed: Not such file or directory." So far, I've been looking but couldn't find anything similar anywhere. I'll be grateful for all the help I can get.
--also: this happens with all the terminal emulators I've tried (Terminal, gnome-terminal, sonata), except for xterm... which does just nothing: doesn't launch or send error messages.

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Old 04-21-2011, 01:01 PM   #2
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The getpt failed and the fact you were messing with fstab makes me think you messed up this line in /etc/fstab
devpts                 /dev/pts      devpts    defaults            0      0
Check that that line is there, fix if necessary, post your fstab if it continues.
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Old 04-22-2011, 07:33 AM   #3
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Yep...that was it. I'd never heard of that line before...
Thanks a lot!


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