A tty (teletypewriter) is a Unix command that prints to standard output the name of the terminal connected to standard input. It is typically called a terminal. the first local terminal is referred to as tty1 and resides in /dev/tty1

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How do I auto-login as root into the TTY upon boot?

I am working on creating a real time kernel with RT-PREEMPT patch. I have created this kernel without graphic desktop. It comes up in the terminal mode with login prompt. The requirement is, it should ...
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Why does switching to the tty give me a blank screen?

After booting to the GUI in 12.04, I attempt to move to the virtual terminal (or shell, or tty) via Ctrl-Alt-F1 (F1 - 6), and the screen remains blank. I'm tried all 6 tty instances and the results ...
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How do I log all input and output in a terminal session?

How do I keep logs of all the work done via terminal? For example, I want a record of all the work done on database via terminal.
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Login to tty as guest?

I was wondering if it is possible to log into a tty session (not the GUI) as a guest? As far as my observation goes the guest session provided at login are served by lightdm which dynamically creates ...
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Terminal TTY Ctrl-Alt-F# not working, only prints junk characters

I'm not sure what I pressed to mess this up. I was on tty1, but it doesn't look like I'm on tty1 anymore. When I press any key on the terminal it just prints weird letters. Pressing Ctrl-Alt-F1 ...
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Configuration to point an X tty to a separate system?

Specifically, I have an Ubuntu 10.04 system with a headless Ubuntu 12.04 virtual machine, and I'm looking for a way to have it set up so pressing Ctrl+alt+F8 will take me into another X client which ...
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How can I change the TTY colors?

How can I change the standard 8 colors (16 if you count the bright versions) that are used in the various TTYs in Ubuntu 12.04? I'm not talking about the Terminal or XTerm applications, I'm talking ...
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Change Default TTY shortcut

I would like to change the default shortcut to switch back and forth to the tty. By default it is ctrl + alt + F#. I have tried making a custom shortcut using Ubuntu's keyboard settings but it only ...
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How do I restart Cinnamon from the tty?

I installed Cinnamon on my Ubuntu 12.04, and it works well, but sometimes it just freezes for no reason. I can move my mouse but can't click on anything. So I want to restart Cinnamon from tty, like ...
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How to change TTY resolution after boot?

How do I change the TTY resolution after the system has already booted?
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I accidentally hit Ctl Alt F<num>. How do I return to the GUI?

I'm using 12.04, I accidentally used Ctl-Alt-F9 and got a black full screen with command line cursor (Terminal). How can I go back to the normal Unity screen?
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How can I set and get the tty console font? [duplicate]

1.How can I set the font and size of the TTYs? The command: dpkg-reconfigure console-setup allows me to choose certain fonts/sizes that cannot be installed (an error message appears after the ...
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Screen went black

I'm new to Ubuntu.. I'm not sure what just happened, but the screen just went black with the text: Ubuntu 11.10 "my computer name" tty4 and I was asked to log on. It happened when I closed Chrome ...
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TTY characters mixed up after device cat or Python print

So, when I cat /dev/input/mouse0 in a TTY, move the mouse around a bit, and then ctrl-z to stop cat, my terminal characters are all messed up. Almost every single character gets swapped out for ...
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How to re-configure X for external display (HDMI)

I recently re-installed Ubuntu (11.04) was working fine until my laptop screen broke. I assumed it would be a simple task of plugging in an external monitor and everything would be fine, but i cannot ...
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How to boot to Ubuntu desktop not tty1-6

I can't get into Ubuntu desktop, only tty1-6. How do I make it boot to Ubuntu desktop? I did try ctrl-alt-F7 Version: Ubuntu 11.10 (the only os installed) Very old PC: Dell Intel ...
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How do I allow a non-default user to use serial device ttyUSB0?

I have an Ubuntu 11.10 system with 2 users: The first was created during the installation The second instead was created after. It belongs to the sudoers group. Now the problem is that when the ...
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Window Manager and Login Screen Removed After Trying and Uninstalling Gnome Shell

A while back I decided to try the Gnome Shell desktop environment as I've always been a fan of the foundation and the desktop environment. I decided that I'd become used to Unity and that I wouldn't ...
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Am I being hacked?

I recently let a hacker (who I met once and don't know too well) connect to my computer through (I guess it was remote access)- I had to fill in my IP on a third party website and click a button and ...
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End the GUI on TTY7, and start a new one elsewhere

How can I end the GUI from a different TTY, then start up a new one. This is for the occasional freeze of the GUI, or inaccessibility. When all I can do is switch to another TTY (using Ctrl+Alt+F5 ...
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How to Kill specific x-window?

I run some WIndows games via Wine in new x-window on tt8. Here is what I use Exec=xinit '/home/deckoff/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/HOMM3/drive_c/Program Files/GOG.com/Heroes of Might and Magic 3 ...
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why do I have 32 ttyS

I seem to have ttyS0 all the way to ttyS31, the only real (well virtual but at least they do someting) serialports on my machine are ttyACM0 and rfcomm0, what are all these ttyS's for?
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What is the default Debian/Ubuntu console (TTY) font called?

I'm currently running Ubuntu and a few other Linux distributions on my computer and since I use the TTY a lot, a good font is pretty important! Does anyone know the name of the default console/TTY ...
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How do I change the VGA resolution for the non-graphical TTYs?

I have 200 chars in width, and only 2 old eyes. That's too much of too little :) I've seen various answers on these forums, but none of them seemed to help me. :~$ sudo hwinfo --framebuffer | grep ...
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In tty1 after login it says “Module Unknown” and log me out automatically [closed]

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10. After I login in any tty1-6 it show the message "Module unknown" and log me out automatically. But in the graphical session I am logged in correctly. How to solve the problem? ...
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Log boot messages on tty1 instead of tty7

I'd like to see my boot messages in a different VT than 7. Can it be changed? Can I get the old behaviour - to get a login prompt AFTER all boot-up is complete in TTY1? Regards, aurocha
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XBMC-live (Ubuntu based) setting up tty8 [closed]

I'm running XBMC-live which is an Ubuntu distro with Xbox media center (XBMC) as the default window manager. I'm trying to leave XBMC set up on tty7, as it is, and have a normal window manager on ...
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Ubuntu won't install ends up in Shell

Just downloaded Ubuntu and made a bootable CD on a PC using XP. CD then put into a PC that has no OS on it (used to be Vista, but got rid of that with XP.....XP runs OK, but have now removed it ...
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How can I stop Ubuntu making my TTYs a nice resolution?

I have a Nvidia card. Binary drivers. No KMS support. For these reasons, I've been used to a fairly awful resolution in my TTYs. I did once try increasing the resolution of the TTYs using a grub hack ...
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Ubuntu 11.10 Loading into TTY Mode [closed]

I'm sure that this has been asked before. I'm not completely new to Ubuntu, I started with 9.04, but I stopped using it for a long time, and am currently Dual-Booting 11.10 alongside Windows 7 on my ...
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Screen resolution is low in tty with fglrx?

My screen resolution is 1600x900p normally. Without specific graphic drivers it 900p in GRUB and ttys, too. If i install fglrx as driver it is set to 640x480p when i start a tty, and the widescreen ...
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Changing to tty (ctrl-alt-F1) produces black screen (proprietary nvidia driver) [closed]

Ubuntu 11.10 works really well with my Nvidia GTS 450 except that when I try to change to a tty (Ctrl+Alt+F1 to F6) all I get is a black screen. I can get back to Gnome Shell with Ctrl+Alt+F7. I ...
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How to config hotkeys for switching between consoles in ubuntu

By default switching between consoles is evaluated by keys CTRL+ALT+Fx (1-6) How to change these hotkeys? Is there any config file for doing this?
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how can I start an other xserver on a different terminal so that I have two xservers running at the same time.

In reference to the question Alt+tab out of full screen game With the answer: Start an other xserver on a different terminal. say tty8. Then switch between them when running the game in full ...
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Help fixing Virtual Console (tty1-6) under VirtualBox

I updated my Ubuntu from 10.4 to 11.10. (Huge mistake, I know.) I am unable to view my virtual consoles ttyS1- ttyS6 This happens inside VirtualBox and gdm is running in background. I'm not sure ...
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Ubuntu doesn't boot after 11.10 upgrade from 11.04

Had this problem earlier: Crash after update to 11.10, from 11.04; ran the solution and had everything updated and upgraded. I get the following lines after booting with some of the preceding start, ...
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How can I get Ctrl+Alt+F* working?| Why runlevel doesn't starts automatically? [closed]

I googled many threads on my problem, but most of them are about proprietary drivers and black screen (although user can login blindly into tty*). My question isn't about that type of problem but the ...
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What is a tty, and how do I access a tty?

I keep hearing about these things known as tty's. what are they how can I access them what do they do?
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No visible screen after updating to 11.10, system boots to tty1

I have just upgraded via the update manager from 11.04 to 11.10 and have a problem in that after rebooting I have no visible screen, just an extremely thin line along the top of my monitor. As I am ...
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How can I access a tty from the terminal?

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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How to properly reset all grub/boot settings?

Several symptoms: No splash screen, just a console No TTYs available (CTRL+ALT+F1 etc..), just random coloured bars A while ago, I've used a tutorial to fix Plymouth bootsplash resolution and ...
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Sony Ericsson SE z800 not recognized on a server [closed]

I've 2 ubuntu 10.04 LTS servers. When I plug a Sony Ericsson z800 on into server2, dmesg only shows that it's a usb device and nothing else. [ 55.028092] usb 5-2: new full speed USB device using ...
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Why won't the terminal display new lines?

For example, when I type following command, echo line | (cat >/dev/null; vi) even wrapped in another shell, sh -c 'echo line | (cat >/dev/null; vi)' and returned from Vim, now it won't ...
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How can I get colors in TTY working correctly?

I use vim a lot and it occurs to me that most of the time I don't even really need a GUI, since I'll only use my computer to take notes in VIM. The problem is, though, is that colors don't show up ...
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Disk errors on tty and syslog/dmesg

Recently I have started to get a lot of these errors: Jun 18 08:57:42 abacus kernel: [ 401.554292] ata5: SError: { HostInt 10B8B } Jun 18 08:57:42 abacus kernel: [ 401.559346] sr 4:0:0:0: CDB: Test ...
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TTY[1-6]: Lock screen after delay (like a screensaver)

When using the virtual terminals on TTY 1-6 [*], it's sometimes easy to forget to log out: The screen goes blank after a while, but I'm still logged in - no password required, anyone can use my ...
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when working in Ubuntu it crashes into TTY [closed]

I am using Ubuntu 11.04 with the default Unity. I have had it crash into the TTY command prompt (black screen) from just about any program I am using (not program specific). When it goes into the ...
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Switching tty shortcut

I recently installed Ubuntu Natty (11.04) and now pressing Alt+Left/Right arrow key switches my tty to the adjacent one. How can I reconfigure the keyboard shortcuts so that this stops happening? ...
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How to export X Display with Audio?

How can I export my X Display with audio. For example, in tty1 if I put, "startx xmoto -- :1 &", I can play xmoto ok, but have no sound. If I put "xinit -- :1 &"and then put "xmoto &", ...
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Pink Screen on GRUB Boot [closed]

When I boot Ubuntu 11.04, GRUB shows me a nice, blank pink screen, until most of the OS is loaded, after which I can see some output text. I can't fix it unless I switch to console mode instead of ...