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Re: SEUL: Text vs. X

řann 14-Feb-98 skrifar Donovan Rebbechi:
> Very true. But there comes a point where they need to know something (for
> example, how to turn their machine on.) The point is that if they get
> caught in the 'loop of Death', they should know how to hit C-M-F1 to get
> out of the loop and into the shell. 
  Pressing CTRL+ALT+F1 doesn't work to get out of the 'loop of death'.  When
the X server restarts, it grabs the console... it's the way to solve the
problem where the resolution is unreadable.  The only way to catch the loop
of death, is to patch XDM... it could be made to start your menu shell when
it discovers that X is stopping with an error (by peeking into the X servers
log file, for instance... or discovering it's being respawned to often within
some given period of time).  Here, your menu shell would come in very handy,
to help the user solve the problem.  And, when the user exits from it, then
XDM could continue the same process, or die.  Depending on wether the user
found out the problem and solved it, or disconfigured XDM.

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