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Date:      Sun, 12 Mar 1995 07:31:51 -0800
From:      pascal@netcom.com (Richard A Childers)
To:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.org
Subject:   Re:  no ptys???
Message-ID:  <199503121531.HAA29036@netcom14.netcom.com>

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jmacd@uclink.berkeley.edu (Joshua Peck Macdonald) inquires :

	< kernel rebuild omitted in interests of brevity >

"... xterm: no available ptys

"similarly, when I try to open an emacs-shell, it says

		< omitted ... >

"All that I did to get this was compile a new kernel.  What could have
 happened?  I got this error after the kernel, before I built -current
 but it persists.  Any ideas?  I'm sure its something dumb."


cd to /usr/src/sys/i386/conf and grep for "pty" in the kernel file you
used to build your kernel. You may have accidentally erased the line
that declares them. You can see how it should look by grep'ing through
other config files in the directory.

Caveat : *NEVER* edit GENERIC or any other standard file. Copy it to a
newly named file ( HOSTNAME_DATE is a good format, for starters ) and
edit *that* file. That way, GENERIC is always there to fall back on.


-- richard


                I think I'm in love with Camille Paglia.  (-:

   richard childers        san francisco, california        pascal@netcom.com



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