X and console

Scott Bennett bennett at sdf.org
Mon Nov 30 01:38:27 UTC 2020

     On Sat, 28 Nov 2020 22:46:57 +0100 Polytropon <freebsd at edvax.de> wrote:

>On Sat, 28 Nov 2020 19:04:54 +0100, Jan Stary wrote:
>> This is 12.2 RELEASE (amd64) on a Dell Studio 1535 (dmesg below).
>> It basicaly works, but I cannot swith between X and the console
>> and don't get a console back once X has axited.
>> While my window manager (cwm, but it's the same with any other)
>> is runnig, ctrl-alt-fN does not take me to a console. Once the
>> window manager exits (in whatever way: "exit" in fvwm, killing cwm, ...)
>> the screen goes blank, with backlight on, but nothing else will happen.
>> In particular, it does not switch back to the console where I launched
>> startx and ctrl-alt-f1 ext will not take me to a console either.
>That is "normal", given how "great" vt is nowadays... ;-)
>In fact, it should be such a case that the consoles are there
>and they also work, it's just that you can't _see_ anything.
>> Mu user is in the wehhel group, if it makes a difference.
>It should also be a member of "video".
>> Full Xorg.log below; [...]
>Looks like you're using the VESA driver. Try to use the driver
>corresponding to your exact graphics hardware. Have both the
>KMS driver loaded as well as the X driver installed (X will
>load it automatically).
>Maybe the following resources will be helpful in combining
>all the relevant parts, It seems that you are missing some. ;-)
>Use X without any configuration file (xorg.conf or partial
>files) for testing. Everything should be detected and configured
>My absolutely unbiased and unpolluted opinion: Say goodbye
>to text mode. Use X and its terminal emulators instead. It
>just works and doesn't stab you from behind. :-)
     If only that lovely fantasy were true!  See, for example, PR 247441.

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