Re: Console driver problem ?

DUPRE Christophe (
Tue, 3 Sep 1996 22:00:47 -0400 (EDT)

On Tue, 3 Sep 1996, Michael Driscoll wrote:

> >I've just discovered a small problem I'm having with the console and
> >Linux 2.0.
> >
> >Problem description:
> >While using VC1 (ALT-F1 on my computer), the driver seems to miss some
> >caracters (even when typing very slowly so it's not a typing overload :-) )
> >Sometimes caracters do not appear on the screen when I type then, instead
> >I hear a beep. This is even with a just-rebooted system. It happends ONLY
> >with VC1, not VC2,3,4 or whatever, and X11 works perfectly.
> I seem to remember that somebody else on the list was having trouble with
> exactly the same symptoms as this when they were starting programs with
> inittab in the following manner:
> top > /dev/tty6
> ie. run top on VC6. The solution was to use the program "open" for this
> purpose. Are you starting any programs in this way that might be soaking
> up characters from your STDIN on VC1?

I DO run top, but redirect it to tty12. I've been doing this since 1.2,
and never had any problem before. I'll try disabling top, but I doubt it
will do any good.

Christophe Dupre Universite de Montreal
Montreal, Qc, Canada
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