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SubjectRe: Does anyone still care about BSD ptys?
On Mon, Feb 09, 2004 at 01:27:24PM -0500, Richard B. Johnson wrote:
> On Mon, 9 Feb 2004, Dominik Kubla wrote:
> > On Mon, Feb 09, 2004 at 09:00:24AM -0500, Richard B. Johnson wrote:
> > > > On Mon, Feb 09, 2004 at 07:17:27AM +0000, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> > > > > Does anyone still care about old-style BSD ptys, i.e. /dev/pty*?
> > >
> > > Only people who want to log-in from the network..... Of course
> > > you could force a re-write of all the stuff like telnet, adding
> > > another layer of bugs that'll take another N years to find and
> > > remove.
> >
> > What are you talking about? On my system (Debian Sid) there are no BSD
> > pty's (i removed the device nodes) and everything works without even a
> > recompile.
> >
> > Regards,
> > Dominik
> Really? Then you don't have anybody trying to log-in
> from the network using telnet, then do you?

Really? How do you diagnose my system without even logging in?

[kubla@duron] telnet server1
Connected to
Escape character is '^]'.
[SSL - attempting to switch on SSL]
[SSL - handshake starting]
[SSL - OK]
Last login: Tue Feb 10 12:03:36 2004 from on pts/0
Linux server1 2.6.0-1-k7 #2 Sun Jan 11 17:06:46 EST 2004 i686 GNU/Linux

The programs included with the Debian GNU/Linux system are free software;
the exact distribution terms for each program are described in the
individual files in /usr/share/doc/*/copyright.

Debian GNU/Linux comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent
permitted by applicable law.
You have mail.
[kubla@server1] tty
[kubla@server1] ls -l /dev/pts/0
crw------- 1 kubla tty 136, 0 Feb 10 12:08 /dev/pts/0

> The BSD virtual terminals go in pairs, /dev/ptyp* /dev/ttyp*
> Here, rjohnson is logged in using telnet. The code is so common
> that there is even some C runtime library support in later
> C libraries, it's called forkpty(). `man forkpty`. It does a lot
> of the dirty-work of using BSD virtual terminals.

Try removing you BSD pty's and most likely you will see that telnetd
happily uses System V pty's. If not then you should really update your
telnetd. Both netkit-telnetd and telnetd-ssl, which is derived from it,
can use System V-ptys since at least 5 years, probably even longer.
If both BSD and System V pty's are present on the system, the code will use
BSD. (That's why i removed the BSD pty's in the first place!)

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most subtly on the human will."
-- Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway"
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