A week or so ago I installed ctwm 3.0 on my linux machine. Since then
I observe X Server startup failures almost every second or third try.
I tried without success to determine under which circumstances this
happens. XFree 1.3 claims "cannot find free VT", although tty7 and
tty8 are always free. The only way to get X working again is to
reboot. I cannot find any stale lock files or wrong permissions on the
tty's. utmp looks perfect.
I guess, it has something to do with ctwm, since that is the most recent
change in my configuration, and the problem appears afterwards. However,
as I have the X server source not available, I would like to know,
how XFree locates free VT's, what reasons for failure are possible,
and what are possible reasons, that a window manager may interfere
Configuration: libc 4.4.1, XFree 1.3, linux pl11, gcc 2.4.3, ctwm 3.0
compiled with libXpm3.2.g, 16MB RAM, 486 CPU
Olaf Schlter, Sandkuhle 4-6, W-2300 Kiel, Germany, Toppoint Mailbox e.V.
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