|Summary:||Certain programs crash Linux just starting|
|Product:||[Retired] Red Hat Linux||Reporter:||rri0189|
|Component:||sndconfig||Assignee:||David Lawrence <dkl>|
|Status:||CLOSED NOTABUG||QA Contact:|
|Fixed In Version:||Doc Type:||Bug Fix|
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|Last Closed:||1999-07-12 17:22:02 UTC||Type:||---|
|oVirt Team:||---||RHEL 7.3 requirements from Atomic Host:|
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Description rri0189 1999-06-14 14:05:09 UTC
There is a library used in RH Linux 6.0 to produce fake-GUI in text mode. It is used by linuxconf sometimes (when not in X or when not run by root), and by sndconfig always. I have no idea of what its name is, or what other programs may use it, or whether it is from RH or someone else. It's not simply curses; I have curses programs that work fine. It works OK when X is not running (e.g., when booted single-user), but when a program using this package (whatever its name may be) runs on my system in a console window (e.g., open a window, type "sndconfig" and hit Return), its logical screen flashes into place in the window for a fraction enough of a second (enough to read one or two words and see that the program is starting) and then my entire screen turns black and there is nothing for it but the Reset button and fsck. I cannot make any attempt to make practical use of a system with such a bug lying in wait, and with no knowledge of what other programs may trigger it. RH Installation support says it ain't their problem. W95 tells me that my video board is a "S3 ViRGE 325 PCI".
Comment 1 Jay Turner 1999-06-14 17:23:59 UTC
Could you send us some debugging output from one of these crashes? Without that, I really cannot attempt to recreate your problem.
Comment 2 rri0189 1999-06-14 19:44:59 UTC
You'll have to tell me how to go about it. All I'm seeing now is a quick and total system crash, with no visible information. Is there a trace I can turn on with a reasonable hope of surviving fsck? In the meantime, can you help me narrow down the problem so that I can ask intelligent questions? Do you know what the name of this fake-GUI library used by linuxconf and sndconfig is? Where it's from? Where else it's used?
Comment 3 Bill Nottingham 1999-06-14 21:34:59 UTC
It's called newt, and it shouldn't be doing anything silly, AFAIK. Is gpm running on your system? One thing that can help is if you can telnet into the machine after the display locks... can you do this? ------- Additional Comments From 06/14/99 18:03 ------- gpm is installed. I can't say offhand whether it's "running". I'm not on any sort of LAN -- this is my home system -- so I can't literally telnet in. I suppose I can get a crossover cable and use a dumb-terminal program on my laptop to get in through a serial port, but it will take me a day or two, if only to buy the cable. For what it's worth, Ctrl-Alt-Del is dead, but I've used Linux so little thus far that I don't even know whether that's normal. ------- Additional Comments From 06/14/99 19:16 ------- In the meantime, here's one additional piece of information. The failure only occurs under gnome. kde, anotherlevel and failsafe are all OK.
Comment 4 Bill Nottingham 1999-06-15 21:57:59 UTC
That's really strange that it would crash in gnome and not kde, etc. One way to tell if gpm is running is to do 'ps aux | grep gpm' before you run whatever - this will show something like: root 528 0.0 0.4 1112 300 ttyS0 S 17:34 0:00 gpm -t MouseMan if it is...
Comment 5 rri0189 1999-07-01 14:39:59 UTC
Sorry about the delay, but my computer and I had a deadline to deal with, and playing with Linux had to go on the back burner. I, too, was puzzled by the discrepancy between environments, until it occurred to me that one difference would be the font used for terminal windows. I changed fonts, and, hey presto! the problem vanished. Fortunately/unfortunately, I also cannot reproduce the problem any more.
Comment 6 Preston Brown 1999-07-12 17:22:59 UTC
problem seems to have corrected itself.