Re: Console peaced out?
From: Jim Maul (jmaul_at_elih.org)
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2004 22:01:39 -0500 (EST) To: "General Red Hat Linux discussion list" <email@example.com>
> On Friday 17 December 2004 15:26, Jim Maul wrote:
>> I am running rh9 on a couple machines at work here. While i was out
>> sick one day a co-worker logged into one of the machines and did loaded
>> up xwindows (startx). I (and him) have done this many times in the past
>> without a problem but for some reason when he did it this time, he said
>> that xwindows started loading but then the screen went black and that
>> was it. I originally thought it might be something with the display
>> settings being out of range for the monitor but it appears that is not
>> the problem. The machine responds fine (to ping and such) and i can get
>> into it through ssh without and problems but the console appears to be
>> hosed. The keyboard is unresponsive (i cant even get the numlock light
>> to come on) and the screen is just sitting there black. It is not a
>> problem with the monitor or anything as i have swapped that out.
>> I tried killing his session to see if it would log him out and return
>> the console to a prompt but that did not happen. The session ended as
>> it not longer is displayed in top or who but still the console remains
>> black and the keyboard is unresponsive.
>> Is there something that i can kill or run to be able to get the console
>> back? This machine usually goes 8-10 months before something comes up
>> where it needs to be rebooted and i REALLY dont want to have to reboot
>> it now. Its serving quite a lot for us here. And yes, i know you
>> shouldnt really be running x on a console of a server but hey, he did
>> and now its hosed and i gotta deal with it.
>> Does anyone have any ideas or perhaps more info is needed?
> Sometimes when your terminal is behaving strangely, you can try to reset
> to a "reasonable" set of default settings by 'blindly' typing the
> stty sane <enter>
> stty sane
> (CTRL-J is interpreted as a carriage-return, in case <enter> is also
I'll try this but i wont have console access until monday. I'll report
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