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Old 10-19-2003, 08:40 AM   #1
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Unhappy Multiple Instances of agetty in gnome system monitor

I'm not sure if this is a problem or not, but I just popped up gnome system monitor, to see how my performance looks as compared to how I think it should look, and I've got 5 different process id's for agetty. is this normal?? I've only got one user logged in (me) and performing a download via gftp at the same time.

Also, I notice that although I've got 1 GB of ram installed, system montior is only acknowledging 883MB, once again, is this normal, and if not, how do I fix it.

Old 10-19-2003, 12:51 PM   #2
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For the agetty I honestly am not sure... I looked at my gnome system monitor, and even opened gftp and connected to a ftp site. However, I did not D/L anything. I didn't see any instances of agetty running....

EDIT: after further investigation...
do a $ps -A
and you should see the instances of agetty running and the tty terminal(s) they are connected to.
For example:

@slackboss:~$ ps -A
1525 tty6 00:00:00 agetty
So you are OK. cause those are all the terminals at cntl-alt-F2, cntl-alt-F3, cntl-alt-F4, cntl-alt-F5, and cntl-alt-F6 waiting for you with a login: prompt. Mine only shows 1 instance because the only tty I can log into is at cntrl-alt-F6... It shouldn't be that way on mine! It has a frame buffer issue if I recall right, an NVIDIA thing....

For your memory, Slack's kernel doesn't have high mem enabled in the kernel. It would require a recompile of the kernel... and adding support under the Processor Type and Features -->

Last edited by JollyRogers; 10-19-2003 at 01:01 PM.
Old 10-19-2003, 03:53 PM   #3
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Thanks for the tip on the memory... I'll do a recompile to fix that, and I checked on tty 1,2,3,4,5, and six, and sure enough, there was my login prompt waiting for me to do something.... Think I'll look into disabling those extra prompts, I know they are probably not hurting anything.... it just annoys me now that i know about it.


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