Virtual consoles reachable with Ctrl+Alt+F1-F6

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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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Xnest switches to full screen when I start startx in it

I launch Xnest with Xnest -ac :1 -geometry 800x600 then I can run xclock in it from another terminal with DISPLAY=:1 xclock but when I attempt to start X session in it from another terminal ...
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Is it possible to run a virtual terminal in X session

I want to try some svgalib graphical examples which switches to tty7 console. Instead I want to try it in X session, so I need virtual terminal in fixed size (say 100x100) in current desktop without ...
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How do you use the TTY (without X server) on one screen, and X on the other?

While playing around with Ubuntu, I turned off the window manager. Unable to operate the terminal in xserver, I jumped over to a bash command line (Ctrl-Alt-F1), and relaunched lightdm. After having ...
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How to access kvm guest on a remote headless ubuntu server?

How do I access - the console (like Dell's iDrac) of a kvm guest (created using virt-install) on a remote Ubuntu15.10 headless server - access from a windows desktop (vnc client)?
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TTY Font Resets on Reboot

My TTY font doesn't persist over a reboot. Even after running sudo dpkg-reconfigure console-setup and choosing a font, if I reboot, it resets to whatever ugly thing the default is. What do I do to ...
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How can I customize a full-screen console background (TTY)?

I used to use full-screen consoles (those opened with Ctrl+Alt+F1...F6) actively and have come to an idea that I would like to try decorating it with a "wallpaper" of a sort (a rather dark and ...
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virtual console login failure

When I try to login to the virtual console (Ctrl+Alt+F1) and type my user name, then password, the virtual console logs me in, but immediately goes back to the login screen (as if I had logged out ...
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I have black screen when i try to switch to a terminal via alt+F1,f2 etc

I have black screen when I try to switch to a terminal via Alt+F1 or Alt+F1 etc. I can't see anything! This happens in many Ubuntu derivatives. I can login blind and enter a command but I can't see ...
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Not accepting CORRECT password. But in Virtual terminal!

I am experiencing a strange problem with my Ubuntu: My laptop came with a factory installed (OEM) Ubuntu. I was able to set the password from System settings. It worked Perfectly well for a week, But ...
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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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Adding new X session on vt8 results in black screen

I'm trying to add another X session on vt8, for testing a window manager under different conditions without interfering with my regular session. I've done this in the past by simply running startx -- :...
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Distinct overwrite/insert cursor in GNOME Terminal or shell

I remember the good old MS‑DOS use to show a block cursor in overwrite mode and a thin vertical line cursor in Insert mode. Is there a way to achieve a similar distinction (not necessarily shape ...
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Retrieve site that uses cookies on virtual-console/tty

I want to have a handy function in my .bashrc that prints some weather information on virtual-console/tty instead of using an out-of-the-box applet. The hints from Weather from Terminal doesn't work ...
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How to increase Scrollback lines in Ubuntu(14.04.2) server edition?

I can see only limited lines on terminal by using shift+ pageup. in Ubuntu desktop version, there is option to make scroll-back lines unlimited. how to do it in Ubuntu server version. please suggest.
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How to disable dvorak layout in the ctrl-shift-f1 virtual console? [duplicate]

When I switch to that fullscreen terminall with ctrl-alt-f1, for some reason I have a dvorak keyboard layout in there. I used dvorak long ago, but switched back to querty, I guess it's left from those ...
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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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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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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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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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Virtual Terminals (CTRL+ALT+F1,F2,F3,F4,F5,F6) display as black screen

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 on an Acer Aspire laptop. When I try to connect to with virtual terminal using Ctrl+Alt+F1 (or F2 - F6), I see a black screen. I am able to come back to the normal Unity GUI ...
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Login screen on all virtual terminals

My Xubuntu system seems to start just fine: It leaves my at the login screen. When I log in the normal desktop appears. However, when I press CTRL+ALT+F1 (to F7) I am sent back to a new login screen. ...
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nVidia driver kills text virtual consoles - how to get them back?

I was recently reminded of one of the things I didn't like about nVidia cards & Linux. I've installed 3-4 of them over the years in different machines (different cards, driver versions), and ...
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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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ubuntu vivid disrgards-console-setup after reboot

An earlier question at Ubuntu Server disrgards console-setup when rebooting in VirtualBox relates to Ubuntu version 12. The (one) answer talks about installing an upstart job in /etc/init/console-...
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After login using Ctrl+Alt+F1 getting only wallpaper

I am trying to install Ubuntu 15.04 on an ASUS computer. Everything looks OK during the installation and I pick a password. Then I try to login the screen goes black and then I am back at the login ...
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Automount of USB memory devices in VT

It seems that when in a DE inside X automount works properly. When instead I'm in a virtual terminal (even with X running in another), there is no automount working. When I plug the device nothing is ...
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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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ncurses line-drawing not working on console

When I try to use a curses-based program on a virtual console, the line and box drawing part are not working, as below in the display when running dpkg-reconfigure console-setup. I'm using the the vga ...
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How would I get Ubuntu Server to automatically start programs on two virtual terminals?

So I have a Minecraft server and a website and I want two things to startup when the computer boots: Minecraft Server and the Minecraft Overviewer. I want the server to startup in tty1 and the ...
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Why does audio stop playing when switching to a virtual terminal?

When switching to a virtual terminal, e.g. using Ctrl+Alt+F2, audio from the desktop environment stops, e.g. music from Grooveshark or the VLC Media Player stops. Why is this? Is there any way to ...
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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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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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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, DVI-D),...
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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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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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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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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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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: ;linux[august@...
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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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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 credentials....
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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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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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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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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: $ ...