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Bug 158620 - libgpm should not print messages to stderr
Summary: libgpm should not print messages to stderr
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gpm
Version: 4
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Petr Rockai
QA Contact: David Lawrence
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2005-05-24 08:21 UTC by Cipriano Groenendal
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:11 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2006-01-19 10:03:22 UTC

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Description Cipriano Groenendal 2005-05-24 08:21:24 UTC
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Description of problem:
When starting MC several errors messages are printed behind the interface. Running mc 2> mc.log givs the following messages:

*** info [lib/liblow.c(329)]:
/dev/gpmctl: No such file or directory
*** err [lib/liblow.c(336)]:
/dev/gpmctl: No such file or directory

As this is a headless, text only server, no mouse has ever, or will ever be connected to it.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. run mc 2> mc.log
2. exit mc
3. cat mc.log

Additional info:

Comment 1 Jindrich Novy 2005-05-24 08:41:23 UTC
This doesn't seem like mc problem to me as there's no liblow.c in mc sources,
but in libgpm. Maybe something is broken with your local gpm installation.
Peter, do you have any clue? Maybe recreation of /dev/gpmclt is sufficient?

Comment 2 Cipriano Groenendal 2005-05-24 09:19:21 UTC
# rpm -q gpm

Comment 3 Miloslav Trmač 2005-05-24 09:43:46 UTC
I've seen this too, I think it happens when gpm is not running.

Comment 4 Cipriano Groenendal 2005-05-24 10:12:22 UTC is correct. When the gpm service is running, these messages do 
not appear. Stopping the service and restarting mc will once again give the 
messages. Stopping the service from withing mc does the same.

Comment 5 Petr Rockai 2005-06-21 13:47:05 UTC
Releases < fc4 will not be changed, use mc --nomouse to get rid of the  
message. Gpm in >= fc4 shall be changed to not print spurious messages to  

Comment 6 Steven Shiau 2005-08-03 03:54:07 UTC
The problem is not only with mc, it will happen in dialog. When I use dialog, I
see the same error messages:
*** info [lib/liblow.c(329)]:
/dev/gpmctl: No such file or directory
*** err [lib/liblow.c(336)]:
/dev/gpmctl: No such file or directory
It should allow us to use dialog WITHOUT gpm running. gpm is not a necessary to

Comment 7 Petr Rockai 2006-01-19 10:03:22 UTC
Fixed in FC devel. If GPM_VERBOSE envvar is set, libgpm will print output as  
before, otherwise it is silent. Do we want an update for FC4 for this? I am 
not sure if it's worth it, but if the problem is widespread enough, it may as 
well be. 

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