devpts wrapup

Greg Schafer gschafer at
Sun Sep 21 20:48:31 PDT 2003

On Mon, Sep 22, 2003 at 12:33:22PM +1000, Greg Schafer wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 22, 2003 at 11:06:12AM +1000, Greg Schafer wrote:
> > So guess what? Houston, we have a problem.
> > 
> > In the case of the user who has an incorrect devpts or devfs setup, glibc
> > tries to fall back to using "pt_chown" but it doesn't work coz the
> > installation of pt_chown is bogus due to the above failure.
> > 
> > Does anyone buy this theory?
> > 
> > Sigh, s'pose I'll just have to test it out, dammit.. :-(
> Scratch that... in testing I cannot make it work :-(
> Doesn't get as far as calling pt_chown..
> Maybe the glibc docs are outdated or the fallback code is buggy, dunno.
> Stracing sheds a few clues but I can't crack it.
> If anyone wants the quick test case, executing
> expect -c "spawn /bin/ls"
> triggers it when devpts is not mounted.
> (not sure whether that is correct expect syntax or not)

Actually, DON'T scratch that! My theory was correct after all!  :-)

Where I was going wrong was, this test partition's /dev files were created

  ./MAKEDEV -v generic-nopty

therefore I was missing /dev/ptyp0 and /dev/ttyp0 and friends. Strace showed
me they were missing. I pulled out mknod and quickly made a few of those
files then pt_chown was getting called. I changed the permissions on
pt_chown then voila! everything started working! :-)

Pheeewwwwww. After all that. I think I finally understand all the issues
well enough to put some sane text in the book so as to avoid this whole
problem for unsuspecting folks new to test suites.


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