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Date:      Tue, 3 Sep 2002 20:33:31 -0700
From:      "Corey Snow" <>
To:        "Crispin Bennett" <>
Subject:   Re: Login not accepting any input from keyboard
Message-ID:  <3D751C9B.28364.4A6C4D9A@localhost>
In-Reply-To: <000001c2533c$5b065500$0a00a8c0@jupiter>

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On 3 Sep 2002, at 21:23, Crispin Bennett wrote:

> Hi all,
> A terrible problem! I've been running FreeBSD 4.6.2 release on my laptop
> for the past couple of weeks. Suddenly I'm hit with a problem that I'm
> hoping isn't going to prove terminal to my FreeBSD experiment: the gdm
> login accepts no input from the keyboard. I can't kill X
> (ctrl-alt-bkspace) because that doesn't work either. The machine clearly
> isn't frozen, as mouse input works -- I can get the gdm menus, from
> which I can reboot the machine etc. Also, oddly, I can reboot with
> ctrl-alt-delete.

I had a similar problem recently, and it too appeared with no 
apparent cause.

The solution (and the reason) I discovered was that gdm was being 
started twice- once as a shell script in /usr/local/etc/rc.d and once 
from etc/ttys.

I'd recommend trying the following: Boot into single-user mode, mount 
your various volumes and make sure that if there's a script to start 
gdm in /usr/local/etc/rc.d that you chmod 644 it. The edit /etc/ttys 
and be sure that ttyv8 reads as follows:

ttyv8	"/usr/X11R6/bin/gdm -nodaemon"	xterm	on	secure

I make no promises that this will work; however, it did work for me.

Good luck-


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