On Tue, Feb 14, 2006, Steve Lidie wrote:
>On Feb 13, 2006, at 3:32 PM, email@hidden wrote:
>>I get this pretty frequently when I initially start up X11, but
>>never later on when I create an xterm from the menu.
>>Anyone from Apple listening in? It's a little annoying (but not
>>enough to switch to Windows... :-)
>I too have xterms that momentarily flash into existence and then go
>away. As noted above, it happens frequently at startup, but it does
>happens at any time thereafter. It seems random, and I have found
>nothing is the logs to help, sorry.
The only time I've seen xterms disappear spontaneously is when it's an ssh
connection to a remote machine outside our firewall, and there hasn't been
any activity for an extended period of time.
In this case I'm reasonably sure that it has to do with IP NAT or
Masquerading (our firewall is a rather ancient Linux box, still running
ipchains :-). I think that the masquerading is lost after some period of
inactivity since I can run something on the remote machine like ``top'' to
insure that there's some activity and the xterm won't disappear.
I typically have more than 20 xterms open at any time on my Tiger box. All
are started as children of the original xterm that starts when I start X11.
My first commands in that xterm are ``exec ssh-agent ksh'' then ``ssh-add''
to enter my ssh pass phrase. Then I execute a menu program that fires off
xterms to other systems as necessary so all are children of the ssh-agent.
I think there may well be some memory leaks though because if I've had my
login going for extended periods of time (days), it will occassionally
start getting extremely slow when it goes into swapping requiring a
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