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Recover from WindowServer crashes using one machine
Authored by: pavao on Mar 03, '04 01:08:55PM

When several users are logged in at the same time, there is only one instance of the WindowServer process running, and this instance belongs to the currently active user. I guess the simultaneous graphical logins/sessions in MacOS X are implemented in a somewhat strange way. While in Linux (and other UNIX OSs) you must have several X servers running at the same time, each belonging to a logged in user and associated with a different virtual console, in MacOS X the only WindowServer process running appears to get associated to the active user dynamically! So, this process must be taking care of ALL the logged in users' windows! How can one recover the system if this process starts acting crazy? Or is this whole idea I described just plain wrong?



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Recover from WindowServer crashes using one machine
Authored by: dfbills on Mar 03, '04 07:13:03PM

I've noticed the same thing. The multi-user login doesn't seem to work as killing the window server takes down both environments.



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