Saver not running

Manish Jain bourne.identity at
Fri Apr 21 02:47:53 UTC 2017

On Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 8:20 PM, Ernie Luzar <luzar722 at> wrote:
Manish Jain wrote:
Hi, I am facing a strange problem under my FreeBSD 12-CURRENT installation atop cloned/migrated ZFS. Beastie is not running : I do not remember Beastie having run even once since ZFS migration a week back (100% sure) and quite possibly, ever since the original installation was made a month back on a UFS slice (99% sure). Beastie is enabled in rc.conf as well as kldloaded : /home/unix # cat /etc/rc.conf | egrep '(beastie|saver)' saver="beastie" /home/unix # kldstat | egrep '(beastie|saver)' 16 1 0xffffffff828fa000 2fd5 beastie_saver.ko But the saviour does not run, even when the console is inactive for hours. /var/log/messages does not indicate any problem. This is as much a piquant problem as a personal tragedy. Over the last month, I have seen and felt increasing dissociation/disenchantment in my cat. Tinkerbell, who used to purr and curdle up next to me so much, has now started keeping away, sometimes even glaring in disgust at me. She does not even consume her dose of catnip. I request advice on how to fix things. I also request a word of consolation for my cat. Thank you. Manish Jain
If I remember correctly, the saver function is one of the functions in-operative in host console vt mode which is the default. Try adding this statement kern.vty=sc to /boot/loader.conf file and reboot the system.

Hi Ernie,

Thanks a lot. That does fix the saver problem : -)  but then also creates a new one  : - (

Early on in the  boot process, I get :

WARNING: WITNESS option enabled, expect reduced performance.

Since I am not a performance freak, I let things on. But then when I do startx, I get :

scfb trace: probe start
scfb trace: probe done
Fatal server error:
(EE) Cannot run in framebuffer mode. Please specify busIDs for all framebuffer devices.

Commenting out the line kern.vty=sc in /boot/loader.conf fixes both problems, but then reverts to the absence of beastie.

Thanks for the tip. If you/anyone can tell me how to get beastie without disabling Xorg, that shall probably be ideal.

Manish Jain

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