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Hi all, I get the following error when I start xterm: pt_chown: needs to be installed setuid `root' The system has no more ptys. Ask your system administrator to create ...
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    pt_chown: needs to be installed setuid `root'


    Hi all,

    I get the following error when I start xterm:

    pt_chown: needs to be installed setuid `root'
    The system has no more ptys. Ask your system administrator to
    create more.


    This is a RHEL 3 running 2.4.21-15 kernel. Even after a reboot, the error didn't go. Only one TTY is being used right now.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Amar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalamar View Post
    Hi all,

    I get the following error when I start xterm:

    pt_chown: needs to be installed setuid `root'
    The system has no more ptys. Ask your system administrator to
    create more.


    This is a RHEL 3 running 2.4.21-15 kernel. Even after a reboot, the error didn't go. Only one TTY is being used right now.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Amar.
    Solution--------------->

    From the error message, it seems you need to make your xterm binary setuid root. You can do this by executing the below command as a root user.

    #chown root xterm
    #chmod 4755 xterm

    "Setuid root" means that the program can run as root even if it is invoked by some other user.

    kool,
    just_Hum

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