Bug 261 - /dev/console
Summary: /dev/console
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: dev
Version: 5.2
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: David Lawrence
QA Contact:
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Reported: 1998-12-02 15:29 UTC by ian.clark
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1998-12-02 18:28:45 UTC

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Description ian.clark 1998-12-02 15:29:48 UTC
I have noticed this before on RedHat that when a user
logs in the /dev/console it is still left as owner root
and group root. This stops the logged in user from opening
console with xconsole.

On other distributions upon login the /dev/console is
chown'd to the user thus allowing access.

As a quick fix /dev/console can be chown'd by root to one
user, then xconsole can be opened OK, I'm still checking
to see if works OK - certainly anything pipped to
/dev/console comes out ok.

Another point is that XConsole opens OK, but doesn't show
anything pipped to /dev/console.


Comment 1 David Lawrence 1998-12-02 18:28:59 UTC
When Red Hat is configured to run XDM as the login manager, there is a
script in /etc/X11/xdm called GiveConsole that does this for you.
Otherwise it will need to be done manually when just using startx.

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