Help: Problems starting X -- "Cannot open /dev/console"

Help: Problems starting X -- "Cannot open /dev/console"

Post by ra » Sun, 01 Dec 1996 04:00:00



I have seen other error messages like cannot open display, or video

with startx I get:

FATAL SERVER ERROR
xf86OpenConsole: cannot open /dev/console

is this newbie in for major work?

thanks

 
 
 

Help: Problems starting X -- "Cannot open /dev/console"

Post by D.D. Elli » Mon, 02 Dec 1996 04:00:00



> I have seen other error messages like cannot open display, or video
> with startx I get:
> FATAL SERVER ERROR
> xf86OpenConsole: cannot open /dev/console
> is this newbie in for major work?
> thanks

Nope!
   I suspect you are using the Slackware 3.1 distribution of Linux, and
this is a know problem/bug/feature/whatever.
   The fix is simple:

cd /dev
MAKEDEV /console  (please note the caps)

Then, re-run xf86config, and you should be able to run autoprobe (or
superprobe - I forget which it is).  After that, you should be up and
running.

HTH
D.D. Ellis

 
 
 

Help: Problems starting X -- "Cannot open /dev/console"

Post by Massimiliano Liccard » Sat, 07 Dec 1996 04:00:00



> I have seen other error messages like cannot open display, or video

> with startx I get:

> FATAL SERVER ERROR
> xf86OpenConsole: cannot open /dev/console

> is this newbie in for major work?

> thanks

Have you the file /dev/console ??
If not, from /dev run MAKEDEV console and retry !!!
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1. Help with /dev/console: no such device, and "cannot open tty"

Hi,
I am trying to compile a 2.4 kernel for my Redhat 7.0-based laptop.  For
various unsightly reasons, I need to do this myself.

I finally got it to work- mostly.  However, I am unable to get a console
(and mingetty complains about /dev/tty[1-6] as well).  The last thing I
see on the screen when I boot is: "Ok, booting the kernel".  This is for
kernel 2.4.19.

Since the machine boots fine under the 2.2 redhat kernel, I don't think
my devices are at fault.  I have compared /dev/console and /dev/tty[1-6]
to the device (major,minor) numbers on my SuSE 7.3 box (running 2.4.10
kernel) and all shows a-ok.  I'm sure it's something in the kernel.

I ran make menuconfig and tried not to mess around with too many
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I have configured the kernel to load the serial char device as a module,
because otherwise it was complaining about not being able to load the
serial device char-major-4.  (dunno if this is related...)  Anyway, it
doesn't matter if serial is compiled in or if it's a module.

Any pointers would be appreciated (I have been working on this all day
:( ).  Yes, I have scoured newsgroups, Google, etc. etc.

BTW, my .config shows:

#
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#
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...
#
# Character devices
#
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CONFIG_VT_CONSOLE=y
CONFIG_SERIAL=m

Thanks!
--
-Mike Schwager

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