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Re: screen getting stuck on startup

From: Mandar Mitra
Subject: Re: screen getting stuck on startup
Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 19:26:09 +0530


The problem recurred, so I am reporting what I see:

Sadrul Habib Chowdhury wrote (Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 01:23:16PM -0400):
> On Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 11:55 AM, Mandar Mitra <address@hidden> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I'm facing the following strange problem with screen.
> >
> > My .xinitrc / .xsession has the following line:
> >
> > (/usr/bin/xterm -geometry 80x46+1440-0 -T 2.1 -n 2.1 -e screen -m &)
> >
> > *Sometimes*, when I log in to an X session, the xterm started above
> > is blank, with only a "[" (black fg, red bg) in the first position (upper
> > left-hand corner). In this condition, no commands seem to work.
> When in this state, can you run 'screen -ls' from another terminal,
> and see if it lists an existing session (as
> 'Dead'/'Detached'/'Attached')? I am thinking maybe xterm starts screen
> before it has the specified geometry, and doesn't send screen a
> size-changed signal, or it does send the signal but screen ignores it.
> Could you try the version from git and see if you continue to see this
> problem?
> Sadrul

Actually, I start 4 xterms through .xinitrc / .xsession running screen as
above (different geometries, titles, etc.). Of these:

1 shows a 0 in the top left corner,
2 show a [ in  the top left corner, and
1 did not come up at all.

Running screen -ls tells me:

There are screens on:
        1750.mandar     (05/15/11 19:06:25)     (Dead ???)
        1748.3.1        (05/15/11 19:06:25)     (Dead ???)
        1749.2.1        (05/15/11 19:06:25)     (Dead ???)
Remove dead screens with 'screen -wipe'.
3 Sockets in /var/run/screen/S-mandar.

Does this give you any hint as to what might be wrong? Should I just
give the git version a try?

Also, this usually happens when I start an X session for the first time
after a reboot. If I end this X session, and login in (via gdm) again, I'm
sure this will not happen.


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