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RE: Re: [vox-tech] Good distro for beginner?


  • Subject: RE: Re: [vox-tech] Good distro for beginner?
  • From: "Deja User" <unix_admin@myMAPS-deja.com>
  • Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2001 18:31:22 -0700

Thanks a lot Chuck, I'll check it out. 

>Date: Sun, 08 Apr 2001 17:19:08 +0000
>From: Chuck Polisher <cpolish@ns.net>
>To: vox-tech@franz.mother.com
>Subject: Re: [vox-tech] Good distro for beginner?
>Reply-To: vox-tech@franz.mother.com
>
>> I know this is vague, but a colleague of mine is vexed regarding 
>> a "init command is respawning too rapidly" error. Any ideas? 
>> If not, that's fine. I've seen this before also, but never found 
>> out what would cause this type of error. The question seems to be 
>> "too rapidly" for what? UA
>
>UA,
>
>init, the mother of all processes, using /etc/inittab as a 
>rulebook, spawns a certain number of getty's (or, agetty's, 
>or, mingetty's...) which attach themselves to tty's and wait 
>for someone to log in. Then someone does log in, and does 
>stuff, and then logs out. That's when the getty process dies, 
>and init re-spawns another getty process to take its place. 
>So, ideally, we've got a fixed pool of getty's, all occasionally 
>getting renewed. That's what a _healthy_ system does. init has 
>some logic that prevents massive churning in the case that getty 
>dies from unatural causes. From the BOOTDISK-HOWTO:
>
>  If init starts, but you get a message like:
>        Id xxx respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes
>
>   it is coming from init, usually indicating that getty or login is
>   dying as soon as it starts up. Check the getty and login executables
>   and the libraries they depend upon. Make sure the invocations in
>   /etc/inittab are correct. If you get strange messages from getty, it
>   may mean the calling form in /etc/inittab is wrong.
>
>HTH, HAND,
>Chuck Polisher 
>-- 
>         .sig removed for cleaning.  We apologize for any inconvenience


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