"can'texec getty'/usr/X11R6/bin/xdm" for port /dev/tty8: no such file or directory

Joachim Dagerot freebsd at dagerot.nu
Mon Sep 20 05:56:55 PDT 2004

I have had this error message for quite some time now. It's not
bothering me too much because it's mainly published in the logs and on
the console, and I normally don't even have a monitor attached to the

But now during this weekends maintainance I have been working from
console and get the message:

"can't exec getty '/usr/X11R6/bin/xdm" for port /dev/tty8: no such
file or directory

every 30 second or so, incredibly irritating when writing a longer

I searched the archive but only found a solution telling that the /usr
was improperly mounted, which in no way is the case.

Any other ideas?

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