"*FvwmTaskBar: cannot open console" Console?? Why??

"*FvwmTaskBar: cannot open console" Console?? Why??

Post by General Sisyphu » Fri, 25 Jun 1999 04:00:00

When I run "startx", the screen hangs for about 5 to 7 seconds but
eventually starts the x-window with FVWM. I have this error message in
my .FVMW_errors file:

"*FvwmTaskBar: cannot open console"

I am assuming that this is the culprit. Any ideas why this error message
is generated? I upgraded a few modules and there may be some




1. Serial console and "unable to open an initial console"

Running RedHad 6.1, I tried to follow the instrucitons in
/usr/src/linux/Documentation/serial-console.txt to create a serial console.

I get a bunch of "boot-type" messages (hardware addresses, IRQs, etc.) on
ttyS0, then it gets to "Freeing unused kernel memory" and complains "Warning:
unable to open an initial console".  initd then proceeds to write all its
messages to the VGA display.

ls -l /dev/console shows crw--w--w- 1 root root 5,0 and ls -l /dev/ttyS0
shows crw--w--w- 1 root tty 4,64

I think I rebuilt the kernel with CONFIG_CONSOLE_SERIAL=y (and that appears
in /usr/src/linux/configs/kernel-2.2.12-i686.config) and did the other things
the doc called for, and clearly it's partly working, but I must have
overlooked something.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

Jonathan Edwards

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