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Old 08-04-2010, 10:49 PM   #1
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Is 13.1 really ready for prime time??

I'm a long-time slackware user/sysadmin. I installed 13.1 64 bit several days ago. I have had nothing but headaches with it since. Many I've been able to figure out but this one is a huge PITA and even Google hasn't been able to help.

I startup in level 4, log into KDE as a non-root user. Open a terminal and see a nice black window with a cursor. No prompt. Can't type. NOTHING.

This should work out of the box. I've never had this issue in the past with earlier releases. The only solution I found was something about adding the user to the tty group. Tried that. No go. Still can't do anything.

Also, when you get to kdm and choose open console instead of logging in, same thing. It shows you the console alright...but no prompt, nothing. Only thing I can do is to CTRL-ALT-BKSP and get back to kdm.

What the heck?

I don't know if this is something with the 64-bit version or what. I've run 32-bit versions most of the time. But the overall setup of the /dev's should be identical.

Anyone know what's going on and how I can fix this? .xsession-errors grepped for konsole mentions

KPty::open: Can't open a pseudo teletype
Should I change permissions on /dev/pty* ? If so, what should I change them to, and (bigger question) why aren't they set that way to begin with?

Sorry for ranting, I'm just really having a hard time believing it should be this way, since I've had really great luck with slack in the past.

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Old 08-04-2010, 11:41 PM   #2
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Upgrade or fresh install?

I've had no troubles worth mentioning with 13.1 (either 32 or 64 bit).
Old 08-05-2010, 12:33 AM   #3
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No problems here. Certainly nothing of that magnitude.

What groups is your user in?
Old 08-05-2010, 02:45 AM   #4
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Did you configure X?

# xorgsetup


# Xorg -config

(See the SlacDVD Slackware-HOWTO)

Did you try startx from runlevel 3?
Did you try XDM?
Did you try twm?
Did you try twm from startx?
Can you give us details of your graphics card?


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Old 08-05-2010, 06:52 AM   #5
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Welcome to LQ!

Not enough information to aid in diagnosis of your problem. No one else seems to have the issues you describe. Local problems! Do you see anything in your logs?

What about hardware issues? Memory? Any testing or diagnostics? Original state of the install media? md5sum checks OK for the download and burnt image? We could continue to just shoot in the dark by not having information concerning the problem to discern things.

'How to Ask Questions the Smart Way' would be one link you should look at to help us to help you in the future.

Just a few more links to aid you;
SlackwareŽ Essentials
SlackwareŽ Basics

Linux Documentation Project
Rute Tutorial & Exposition
Linux Command Guide
Utimate Linux Newbie Guide
Getting Started with Linux
Bash Reference Manual
Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide
Linux Home Networking
Virtualiation- Top 10

The above links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!

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Old 08-05-2010, 08:54 AM   #6
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Looks to me like lack of console support in frame buffer or something like that.
You may be using the frame buffer but do not have the frame buffer console module loaded or something like that.


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