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Description of problem:
KDM has a new option next to "Restart X server" called "Console Login (Alt-N)".
This is good because several users in my LUG didn't know about virtual
terminals and wanted to reach the console.
Unfortunately, this option does not give them any indicator of how to get back
into X when they are done at the console. X is completely killed and the only
way they can get back to KDM is "init 3; init 5"
kdm still running in the background at this point. Not very clean...
I propose adding an informational dialogue when users select "Console Login" at
the KDM screen. The option shouldn't kill X at all, instead simply tell them to
hit CTRL-ALT-F1, and CTRL-ALT-F7 to get back to X. I would prefer this to
killing X because it is more elegant, and educating the user about the "Right way".
Does anyone agree? Does anyone see any drawbacks to this approach?
Would Red Hat acccept a patch to KDM to implement this? If so, then I'd like to
work on coding this. Please let me know.
We can't add another dialog at this time because it would break translations.
A message educating someone about virtual terminals in English is useless to
someone who doesn't understand the language.
Also, hardcoding CTRL-ALT-F7 is a bad idea; many people change their inittab to
get X on a different VT (e.g. I use 11 textmode terminals and X in the 12th),
others tail -f /var/log/messages >/dev/tty7 and get X on 8 etc.
A dialog informing the user about returning to X would make sense in any case.
I'd suggest something along the lines of
'This will kill your X session. If you just want to access a virtual terminal
without killing X, press CTRL-ALT-F1 and CTRL-ALT-Whatever to return to X.
If you really want to kill X, you can return by typing "init 5".'
Please resend your request to http://bugs.kde.org/, that's the only way to get
it into base CVS (which in turn is the only way to get any mmessages translated).
Closing WONTFIX for now because of the translation issue, this doesn't mean it
won't ever happen.
> 'This will kill your X session. If you just want to
> access a virtual terminal without killing X, press
> CTRL-ALT-F1 and CTRL-ALT-Whatever to return to X.
> If you really want to kill X, you can return by
> typing "init 5".'
I was thinking about parsing inittab to find the X VT, but I now realize there
might be cases where that may be problematic. Can you think of any such
cases? I can't at the moment.
I will work on this, what deadline do I have to get this into KDE CVS to be
included in Red Hat final?
There is no way to get it in the final of the next version.
KDE 3.0 has been released (so far to packagers only), so we won't
update to CVS snapshots anymore.
I'm expecting KDE 3.1 in time for the release beyond this one,
though - so if you can get it in by then, it'll be in 7.4/8.0/Linux XP
or whatever the release will be called.
I just had an idea.
Why doesn't it use chvt rather than killing X permanently? This seems proper.
If this is too late I understand.