This is a Ubuntu 12.04 Minimal Install.

When I scroll across these 6 terminals using Ctrl+Alt+F1 through
Ctrl+Alt+F6 , I have to independently login each of them; one-by-one.

Is their any way out that I may login to all of these 6 terminals in one go??

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    The answer at stackoverflow.com/questions/9266401/… looks similar to what you're after, in general, you would use tmux or screen (both available in the Ubuntu repositories) for enabling and managing multiple terminals though.
    – arand
    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:22
  • unfortunately this method uses SSH keys, which I don't want to. could there be something like federal login for all the terminals? Jun 28, 2012 at 19:04
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    Just curious, Why would you want to do that?
    – Mitch
    Jul 5, 2012 at 8:37
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    Have a look at this linuxgazette.net/issue69/henderson.html
    – Mitch
    Jul 5, 2012 at 18:45
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    I don't know how to do that, but you can use something like byobu to achieve the "same" effect. It's really handy when working in console mode
    – Salem
    Jul 6, 2012 at 22:20

1 Answer 1


You can edit as super user the files named /etc/init/ttyx.conf (where x can be 1 to 6) as follows:

sudo gedit /etc/init/tty1.conf


exec /sbin/getty -8 38400 tty1

and comment it:

#exec /sbin/getty -8 38400 tty1

Write below:

exec /bin/login -f USERNAME < /dev/tty1 > /dev/tty1 2>&1

where USERNAME is yours.

If you still want to start GUI, add startx to your bash profile:

sudo -s
echo "startx" >> $HOME/.bash_profile

or, if this won't work, open your user’s .bashrc file:

gedit ~/.bashrc

Add the following to the end of the file:

if [ $(tty) == "/dev/tty1" ]; then
  • Plz if any one Verify & Check .....So i can award the bounty ..
    – One Zero
    Jul 11, 2012 at 5:10
  • So fat i've been searching for a solutions, but everything is in vain.. hope to find some intelligent idea this time.. may i bump this question ! Dec 19, 2012 at 17:22

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