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How can I access a tty (eg tty1) from the gnome-terminal? Can I set up a profile which does that?

I know the switch using Ctrl+Alt+F1-6

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What do you mean by "access", and "terminal"? tty1 IS a terminal. – psusi Oct 5 '11 at 14:28
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Some options:

  • sudo chvt 1 will bring you to the first virtual console. Putting this in a .profile should not be very useful.
  • Snooping on a running virtual console is allegedly possible with ttysnoop.
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Not really what i'm looking for – Amith KK Oct 6 '11 at 16:29
Then please give more detail. – aquaherd Oct 6 '11 at 17:37
i want to interact with the tty from gnome-terminal – Amith KK Oct 7 '11 at 4:27

I don't know if it is possible from within a terminal, but you can change to another tty by pressing Ctrl + Alt + F1-7 which shows a CLI outside your graphical environment.

Pressing Ctrl + Alt + F7 will show your desktop again. Very useful if you are running a server, which does not have a graphical environment by default.

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He specifically states that that's not what he's looking for. – James Oct 5 '11 at 12:01

Maybe your needs lead to you to xterminator.

It's a powerfull software to deal with terminal minor problems with some elegance.

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