Graphics console lost its "graphics-ness"

Graphics console lost its "graphics-ness"

Post by j.. » Mon, 26 Oct 1998 03:00:00



This may seem like a simple-minded question, but that's how I'm feeling
today, after repeatedly beating my head against the wall, with the
usual (non-)progress.

I did some security "tightening up" a few days back, turning off
(seemingly) unnecessary network daeamons and services.  I also
applied the most recent set of security PTFs, as well as some
general AIX PTFs.

All of the above is on an RS/6000, model 240 (7043 43P), with
a graphics console.

After a recent reboot, the graphics screen isn't!  It displays the
pretty graphics during the initial startup, but once AIX boots,
it reverts to a 24x80 character mode green-screen.   This makes
mousing and other GUI opertations um...   _difficult_.

I do get one message that "flashes" on the screen before the boot
completes, and I _think_ is refers to DT in some form.  However, it
flashes past too fast for me to read, and I have been unable to
find it logged anywhere. [1]

I've made sure the "System User Interface" (smitty dtconfig) is
set to the GUI setting.  After a reboot -- no GUI.

I'm a little lost and confused here.  Can anyone suggest a way
to recover my graphics console's graphics ability?

Thanks,

[1]  Some other Unix-like systems log _all_ console messages during a
     boot.  That way they are still retrievably after scrolling off the
     screen -- and one does not need a 3000 line long screen!  If AIX
     has this ability, can someone point me at it, or instructions on
     how to activate it?  Please.

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Graphics console lost its "graphics-ness"

Post by James Carlso » Tue, 27 Oct 1998 04:00:00



> I do get one message that "flashes" on the screen before the boot
> completes, and I _think_ is refers to DT in some form.  However, it
> flashes past too fast for me to read, and I have been unable to
> find it logged anywhere. [1]

You need to have dtspc, cmsd, and ttdbserver to get the standard DT
cruft to work.  If you're worried about security, you can wrap all but
ttdbserver in tcp_wrapper, or, better yet, drop back to plain old xdm.

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