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Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2001 01:54:52 +0300
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: compiling xfree86 4.1.0

On Wed, Nov 28, 2001 at 08:48:38PM +0300, Anatoly Pugachev wrote:
> Successfully compiled and installed XFree86 ver. 4.1.0 on Owl linux distro, 
> but was unable to start it:
> ibs!root:~# XFree86 -configure
> XFree86 Version 4.1.0 / X Window System
> (protocol Version 11, revision 0, vendor release 6510)
> Release Date: 2 June 2001
>         If the server is older than 6-12 months, or if your card is
>         newer than the above date, look for a newer version before
>         reporting problems.  (See http://www.XFree86.Org/FAQ)
> Build Operating System: Linux 2.2.20 i686 [ELF]
> Module Loader present
> (==) Log file: "/var/log/XFree86.0.log", Time: Wed Nov 28 23:54:43 2001
> (--) using VT number 9

I don't know if this is the (only) problem, but by default Owl creates
device files for 8 vty's only.  You need to either use a lower vty for
X or create /dev/tty9 with:

david!root:~# cd /dev
david!root:/dev# ./MAKEDEV tty9
david!root:/dev# ls -l !$
ls -l tty9
crw-------    1 root     tty        4,   9 Nov 30 01:50 tty9

> (WW) xf86OpenConsole: VT_ACTIVATE failed
> (WW) xf86OpenConsole: VT_WAITACTIVE failed

Now this is weird.  I'm curious what error code the ioctl's return.


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