Bug 157471 - xconsole "Can't open console"
xconsole "Can't open console"
Status: CLOSED RAWHIDE
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: xorg-x11 (Show other bugs)
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i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Mike A. Harris
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2005-05-11 17:02 EDT by Nigel Horne
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2006-06-27 12:39:27 EDT
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Description Nigel Horne 2005-05-11 17:02:00 EDT
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.7) Gecko/20050416 Fedora/1.0.3-1.3.1 Firefox/1.0.3

Description of problem:
xconsole always says "Couldn't open console" even if you start it as root!

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
xorg-x11-6.8.2-1.FC3.13

How reproducible:
Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  xconsole&
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3.
  

Actual Results:  Couldn't open console

Expected Results:  See "man xconsole" for expected results

Additional info:
Comment 2 Mike A. Harris 2005-05-16 13:57:26 EDT
Reassigning to correct component "xorg-x11".  XFree86 is not part of
Fedora Core anymore since FC2.
Comment 3 Richard Harman 2005-06-16 13:23:27 EDT
(In reply to comment #2)
> Reassigning to correct component "xorg-x11".  XFree86 is not part of
> Fedora Core anymore since FC2.

I have the same problem, in RHEL4 -- the console messages show up on the virtual
console, *under* the running X server.  If you cat /dev/vcs7, or kill X, you can
see the console messages.
Comment 4 Rahul Sundaram 2005-06-30 09:01:24 EDT
(in replay to 

"I have the same problem, in RHEL4 -- the console messages show up on the virtual
console, *under* the running X server.  If you cat /dev/vcs7, or kill X, you can
see the console messages."(In reply to comment #3)

For RHEL4 I would suggest working through support
(https://www.redhat.com/apps/support/) to get the problem resolved.
Comment 5 Goswin 2005-07-13 06:49:24 EDT
If I do an strace xconsole on RHEL 4 I see that I tries to open one of the 
vertual terminals /dev/ptyp<N>, If I do the same on RHEL 3 I see that it 
opens /dev/console, /dev/ptyp0 and /dev/ttyp0. The last to devices don't exist 
on RHEL 4.
Comment 7 Mike A. Harris 2006-01-17 04:00:06 EST
Fedora Core 3 has been transferred to the Fedora Legacy project currently,
however UNIX 98 pty support has been backported from Xorg CVS for a future
RHEL4 update.  The same patch is being considered also for possible
inclusion in a future Fedora Core 4 update.  While we no longer provide
updates for FC3, the same patch could be utilized by the Fedora Legacy
project for future X updates as well.

The issue is also resolved in the latest xorg-x11 which is currently in
rawhide (X11R7).

I'm changing the product version to Fedora Core 4 for this issue, to track
it for future consideration for FC4.

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