Virtual consoles reachable with Ctrl+Alt+F1-F6

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CLI no ability to interact

I don't know how this could be related to my other problem solving in another topic: Cannot shutdown (CLI/GUI) But these problems (this and not being able to shut computer down via GUI) occured, I ...
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is it possible to configure 6 Monitors with a Amd r7 260x in different graphical virtual consoles?

I have a project to configure 6 monitors using eyefinity technology from amd so i'm figuring out the way to do it, i'm thinking to use tentatively the xfx r7 260x card with 2 dvi ports (DVI-i, ...
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Hyper-V console input weird characters

I am currently testing remote console access into an Ubuntu 14.04 VM running on Hyper-v 2012 R2 using WMI and incomplete/weird characters are being sent from Hyper-v in place of the actual login ...
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how to respond to question in output of debian-installer

When installing Ubuntu Server 14.04, the installer stops in the step Select and install software at 67%. When I have a look at VC4 I see that a question about the replacement of a file is in the ...
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Fuzzy text in console on external monitor

I have my laptop connected to external monitor as primary display. When I drop to virtual console/terminal, the console text on the monitor looks very fuzzy. Is there way to fix this?
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Caps lock doesn't work with Danish letters

On the virtual console in 14.04 (e.g. when I log out or switch tty) I have this problem: The caps lock key doesn't take effect on the Danish characters æøå. With caps lock on the output for these ...
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Switch from GUI to the command line interface/console temporarily

I want to switch off the GUI, and only leave the command line interface or it is also know as the CLI. How would I do this?
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Disable logon prompt show hostname

Per default the login prompt shows %hostname% login:. I don't want anybody with console access to see the hostname of the server that easily. How to get rid of the hostname there?
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How to find name of the virtual machine Ubuntu server is being hosted on?

Is it possible to find out what version and what type of virtual machine is my ubuntu server being hosted on its on a remote server?-Thanks in advance.
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How to remotely view tty1 stdout at pts/0 where the command runs?

Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy) is running inside a Parallels Desktop version 8 for Mac virtual machine (KVM) and has telnet installed for remote access. To remotely access Ubuntu, the Mac terminal application ...
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Why virtual console(Ctrl+Alt+F1) asked for password after logged into it?

I want to run sudo service lightdm restart command on virtual console, so i pressed Ctrl+Alt+F1 after that VC login prompt appears, Login: Password: I logged into the vc with my login ...
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Virtual console not reading ~/.bashrc

I'm using Ubuntu 13.04, and have set up some custom functions in ~/.bashrc. The custom functions work fine when I open a terminal within the GNOME environment. When I switch over to a virtual ...
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Can I control the position of a console window on the screen?

I want my c/c++ program's console window to chose a specific position. is it possible either within the program or by system call?
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Is it possible to programmatically log in a specific user on a specific virtual console?

I'd like to implement one of the answers on How to make sure, that certain functionality (like Alt+Ctrl+F1 switching into tty) is available in havily swapping system?, and for that I'll need a way to ...
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Login in virtual terminal

Yesterday I installed my new Ubuntu - wow! Ubuntu is a very cool. Today I want to work ob my project, but I become following error: I already found a solution: How to fix "The system is ...
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How to kill all processes in one virtual console from another virtual console?

When I press Ctrl + Alt + F(1-6), I'm directed to virtual terminal. I've two user account except guest. When I try to login from one of those two users, my system gets hang. So, I was wondering how to ...
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Why so many Virtual consoles?

What is the reason for having so many virtual consoles? I would understand if there was one in case the GUI crashes but 6 more besides the default? What are they for? I even see no usage for any of ...
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If only X server run one virtual terminal 7 how can emulators provide us with a bash window

Where do they get the bash from? does it have to be running so they can communicate with it and pass the commands to it? Also are the other virtual terminal from 1-6 are like a total separate machine? ...
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can we have a REAL terminal connected to an Ubuntu PC now-days [duplicate]

and how do we deal with it since we only have virtual terminals?? btw what are virtual terminals for? apart from logging into them when your GUI freezes?
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How can I create keybindings to launch programs from a text console (with no window-manager / X display)?

What is a simple way (possibly requiring root access) to set-up hotkeys that I can press when using a console screen in order to run scripts or executable files? "Console screen" means not using ...
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Frequency out of range message when using console

Why does an error message appear when I switch to a terminal using Ctrl + Alt + F1: 135k / 91 hz Frequency is out of range And more importantly, how do I fix this?
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How can I adjust framebuffer or X screen relative position? [closed]

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away I had fixed boot screen using this nice solution. Since that time I have been looking for the way to move framebuffer in virtual console slightly to the right ...
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Command line prompt looks strange in virtual console

In a terminal emulator like xterm my prompt looks like this: [august@macmini ~]$ but in a virtual console the string ;linux is prepended to the prompt to make it look like this: ...
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Alsa works in virtual console but not in X Windows

After booting my computer and logging in on a virtual console the aplay command works as expected but after running startx only root can run aplay. As non-root I get the following error message: $ ...
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Strange firefox problems when started by xinit

when I start firefox console via: xinit /usr/bin/firefox firefox is not working properly: html select elements does not work (unable to change default value) after opening local pages (I.e. ...
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How do I open a pdf file in a virtual console?

I want to open pdf files from within the virtual console and view them in the console itself. Are there any applications that allow that ?
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Lock Terminal and Suspend from Terminal

I am trying to lock and suspend from the terminal. I tried: pmi action suspend | at now + 1 min And then typed exit But both that and vlock kill the running command. Is there a way to lock the ...
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Is it possible to have two virtual consoles open in a single screen?

When using virtual consoles, is it possible to have two different virtual consoles open at the same time and sharing the screen space and being able to use either ?
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How can I work around mismatched console resolution?

I'm using Ubuntu 12.10 on an HP Pavilion DM3 laptop, with the nvidia-experimental-310 driver activated. I often switch to a virtual console for certain work. While my laptop's monitor resolution is ...
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Is there a way to see the text of tty7 without shutting down Xorg?

Is there a way to see the text of tty7 without shutting down Xorg, just like switching to another tty?
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Wrong MAC address error in virtual console

ERROR @wl_cfg80211_get_station : Wrong Mac address This message continuously prints out on my virtual console. What does it mean, what is its cause and how would one fix it?
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How can I stop a guest session created by startx command?

I was trying to use Ubuntu 12.4 with administrative privileges. So I typed the following commands in bash shell. sudo -v sudo su - startx -- :2 vt8 I don't know what I have done. Now, I can login ...
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Ubuntu 12.04: Virtual console is dimmed [duplicate]

My fresh installation (with updates ...) of ubuntu 12.04 (64bit, Desktop) automatically dims the virtual console as soon as a switch to one. After pressing ctrl+alt+fX, the screen starts dimming until ...
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Boot in virtual console mode with full resolution

I am able to either: 1) Boot into X, switch to virtual console #1 and use it at full resolution or 2) Boot into virtual console mode -only and use them with 80 columns max How can I boot into ...
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How do I display Chinese/Japanese characters in a Linux VT console?

I have an installer program which runs in a default Ubuntu 12.04 Linux VT console and uses the "dialog" program to display simple graphical input boxes. After the user selects either Chinese or ...
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How to change the screen resolution of the virtual console on an external VGA?

I've found helpful solutions to randr problems on the regular GUI (Ctrl+Alt+F7) but this question is about resizing the virtual console, which doesn't have good google results. I've been using arandr ...
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How do I disable messages or logging from printing on the console/virtual terminals?

My wireless driver is noisy. It prints out messages to the console every 10-30 seconds. So, if I'm working on VT1 or something, I get messages scrolling by all the time. Is there a way to shut this ...
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How do I get to the GUI after switching to a virtual console?

I just jumped into a command line virtual console using Ctrl-Alt-F1, and i would now like to return to the gui. startx gives me something along the lines of 'this server is already active for display ...
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Weird graphical errors in console and on computer shut down

I am all new to Ubuntu (and Linux in general) and I am experiencing some strange graphic on my screen. Console #1 (ctrl+alt+f1): Exactly the same happens on all the other consoles (2-6), and the ...
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Why does alt+left shift my virtual terminal left one?

Normally I use alt+left key combo to go back one click in firefox but recently I noticed it's moving to vt6 instead. alt+right moves in the other direction among the vt screens. This is supposed to be ...
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Set virtual console keymap on Live(CD|USB)?

How can I change the keymap of the CtrlAlt+(F1toF6) virtual consoles on the LiveUSB/CD image? I've tried picking my layout (US Dvorak) from the F3 menu when it first starts to boot, but that only ...
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Can I change the Linux console (Ctrl+Alt+F1) font to Ubuntu Mono?

Is there a way to set a specific TTF font to be used on the console? (I believe you might have to convert it to a bitmap font?) If it needs to be converted, what tools can I use to do the conversion? ...
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How do I run a graphical application in a virtual console besides <Alt+F7>?

I want to run R in a virtual console and RCommander in a separate virtual console. Or maybe I want to run a game in a virtual console and shut off the desktop. Or maybe I want to pipe an ssh -x ...
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How can I disable Caps Lock on text-mode (tty) terminals?

I have disabled caps lock in Ubuntu via the System Settings -> Keyboard panel (see How to programmatically swap the caps lock and esc keys? on how to find this option), however when I switch to a ...
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How do I get my blacked out ttys back? [closed]

Original Question: After I replaced my Ubuntu 10.10 with 11.04 all I get when I Ctrl+Alt+F1–F6 into a tty is a black screen. Also when I boot there's a while of black screen after grub2 menu is ...
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Why is a virtual terminal “virtual”, and what/why/where is the “real” terminal?

I hope the question is self-explanatory. My understanding is that gnome-terminal and konsole are virtual terminals, and they are basically serving the same purpose, i.e. a command line environment ...
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Can virtual terminals (ctrl+alt+f*) use external monitors?

My laptop has a broken screen (for a while now) and unfortunately I won't be able to fix/replace it for a little while longer than I hoped. Is there some way that I can get VT's to show on the ...
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Can I take a screenshot of a virtual console?

Is there a way for me to take a screenshot in a virtual console?
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What determines which virtual console the graphical interface is run on?

I've learned that I can switch between virtual consoles by pressing Ctrl+Alt+F1–F12, and I've found that the graphical interface is usually running at either F7 or F8. Why does this vary, and is ...
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How does /etc/default/console-setup work?

Following up on modifying virtual consoles' keymaps, how can I edit /etc/default/console-setup? Will the file be parsed on each boot (then cached in /etc/console-setup/cached.kmap.gz), or do I need ...