trouble with login

Kenny Hitt kenny at
Sat Jan 10 11:24:04 EST 2004

Hi.  I've been having the same problem for the last month or so.  I'm
running Debian Unstable.  I have the problem with 2.60 as well as
2.4.22.  I wonder if the problem is the Kernel?
It only seems to happen on consoles 2 through 6.  Console 1 works the
way it always did.  Most of the time, I don't get an init error, just a
message in syslog from getty saying the console is still in use.

Hope this helps.

On Sat, Jan 10, 2004 at 09:26:26AM -0600, Cheryl Homiak wrote:
> I looked this up on google and found other people with the same problem,
> but didn't find the cause or solution.
> I can log in on all consoles just fine when I boot. However, there is a
> delay when I logout in getting the login prompt, and sometimes I get a
> message about
> "init: id x (whichever tty number it is) respawning too fast; disabled for
> 5 minutes)
> and once I get this message sometimes that tty continues to be disabled,
> though I can usually still log on, after a delay, on another tty.
> Anybody seen this before? Anybody know what I should check? There doesn't
> appear to be any problem with my /etc/inittab. since I'm running debian
> stable and kernel 2.4.22, it might just be an occupational hazard, but I
> don't recall seeing this problem recently on debian lists.
> Thanks.
> -- 
> Cheryl
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