SUMMARY: Hung console

From: Peter Schauss x 2014 (
Date: Fri Aug 23 1996 - 13:04:46 CDT

The original post was:

Periodically the system console on one of my remote systems gets
"hung up" in some way. In the most recent incident, it was displaying
the normal login prompt, but also had remnants of windows from the
previous session. When the user tried to log in, characters typed
from the keyboard echoed garbage. Xdm sessions (from x-terminals)
on the workstation were normal as was my remote login.

Is there any way to reset the console when it gets into a state like this?

The remote system is a SPARC 5 running Solaris 2.4. User sessions use
the Motif window manager.

The unanimous response was:

kbd_mode -a > /dev/console

Thanks to the following people who responded so quickly: (Jim Craven)
Michael Galloway <> (Michael Sullivan)
Tom Barkanic <intrepid!>

I have not tried this yet (have to wait until the problem appears again.)
I will post again if it does not work.

Thanks again,

Peter Schauss
Gull Electronic Systems Division
Parker Hannifin Corporation
Smithtown, NY

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