Cannot reconnect to screen via a SSH session due to missing /dev/pts/0 permissions



4 years ago
4 years ago


(Reporter: whimboo, Unassigned)





4 years ago
Screen is not working as expected at least on the Ubuntu machines. When I connect via SSH and want to reconnect via 'screen -x' I get the following error:

Cannot open your terminal '/dev/pts/0' - please check

The reason for this is that the permissions are wrongly set. Looks like we only update pts/1 for the builder user:

crw-------  1 root    tty  136, 0 Jun 25 05:33 0
crw--w----  1 mozauto tty  136, 1 Jun 25 04:44 1
crw--w----  1 root    tty  136, 2 Jun 23 06:24 2
crw--w----  1 root    tty  136, 5 Jun 23 06:26 5
c---------  1 root    root   5, 2 Jun 22 23:24 ptmx

We may also want to update the permissions at least for pts/0 too.

Comment 1

4 years ago
(In reply to Henrik Skupin (:whimboo) from comment #0)
> We may also want to update the permissions at least for pts/0 too.

As turned out while reading different pages on the web this is not the proposed solution. Better is to call 'script /dev/null' here, or using another terminal multiplexer like

Comment 2

4 years ago
Actually this happens when you run 'su %builder%' when logged in as e.g. root, and then trying to invoke screen. So maybe we should not do anything here, and better login as the builder user directly. If su is used, the person has to manually call script. Dustin, shall we close as wontfix?
Sounds good to me.  In general, I try to avoid changing user ids in a session -- if I need root access, I login as root, and if I need user-level access, I login as that user.  Interference with screen sessions and the like is one reason for that preference :)
Last Resolved: 4 years ago
Resolution: --- → WORKSFORME
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