How to change back to the console when stucked by the desktop environment
Julian H. Stacey
jhs at berklix.com
Sat Jul 16 13:59:00 UTC 2016
> From: Yubin Ruan <ablacktshirt at gmail.com>
> Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 20:56:01 +0800
Yubin Ruan wrote:
> I just tried FreeBSD-10.3 stable and get stuck when trying to use the
> Mate desktop environment. I use Slim as the login manager. But when I
> try to login, with correct username and passwd, Slim tell me that
> "Failed to execute login command"
> (Any idea why would that happen?)
> So I try to switch back to the console use "Alt-F1...Alt-F8", which is
> suggested by the doc. But that doesn't work. Why ?
> How can I switch back to the console to tune the system?
(Ive never heard of Slim, but) general procedure:
>From another net connected host:
rlogin / telnet / ssh yourhost
cd /var/log ; ls -ltr
ls -l xdm.log messages Xorg.0.log
+ whatever logfile might be appropriate for your Slim
kill some processes, watch if they restart
ttyv1 "/usr/local/bin/xdm -nodaemon" xterm on secure
ttyv1 "/usr/local/bin/xdm -nodaemon" xterm off secure
maybe you are using ttyv0 for xdm
(I use ttyv1 to leave 0 for errors)
kill -HUP 1
sometimes screen still wont come back,
if desperate then reboot
PS I dropped cc: freebsd-amd64 at freebsd.org
as this has nothing to do with that CPU, & freebsd.org list rules
say dont cross post more than 2 lists.
Julian Stacey, BSD Linux Unix Sys Eng Consultant Munich http://berklix.eu/jhs/
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