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on Solaris what is the difference between Console windows type
and Terminal windows type?

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by:paulqna
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You mean /dev/console and the /dev/tty's ???
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by:sereda
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I guess you mean CDE windows.
In that case, Console window differs from Terminal window just as /dev/console differs from /dev/tty.
If you open console window, /dev/console is redirected to that window.

/dev/console is used to output system messages and errors. For example, you may observe messages like 'sudo failed' on console.

Also, some programs may be limited to be run only from console device.

Hope this helps.

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sereda

you are right. what I really want to know is

'some programs may be limited to be run only from console device. '

what do you mean by that?

regards
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A program can check what terminal device it is attached to. For example, daemons strip off attachment to a session in order to run in background.
Some programs that affect security can check that their session is associated with console - that will ensure that they cannot be run remotely.
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console is physically connected to the server whereas terminal is not
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ashok_nair changed the proposed answer to a comment
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In the Solaris OS the only command I know of that is restriced to /dev/console is the login for root users.

This can be controled by editing the file /etc/default/login
Look for the line containg the string CONSOLE and read the comments.


Harold
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ashok ?? Dat is toch niet de ashok die ik ken heh?? Hoewel experts horen wel thuis op de EE. Welkom !!!
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