My main display is 0, running on terminal tty7, started automatically at boot time.

I switch to terminal tty2, start another X server as display 1 (xinit -- :1).

I can run programs from the X terminal and they are shown on display 1 (in tty2) ... so far so good.

Problem is, display 0 on tty7 is persistent (I can switch in and out of tty7 and my desktop is always there) but when I switch out of tty2 and back again, display 1 has stopped, just the normal black console.

Is it possible for me to make display 1 persistent so I can switch in and out of it ?

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 with Xfce.


Display :1 is running on "TTY8".

It's not actually a TTY, but Control+Alt+F8 will get you there.

  • So it is ! Thanks for pointing that out. I was switching to tty2 to start the new X server, thats probably why I thought the display was on tty2. I now just start the new X server from a terminal on my desktop, and sure enough it is started on (not tty)8. Thanks ! – hatterman Feb 19 '16 at 12:55
  • On a side note, and just for my own learning, why is it displayed on 8 ? Is it possible for me to display it on 1 or 2 or 3 or whatever ? – hatterman Feb 19 '16 at 12:56
  • I don't know why but I think I know how. It's just incrementing up based on what's already taken by TTYs. – Oli Feb 19 '16 at 13:08
  • I read the link, thanks. Well, I know a little more today than I knew yesterday. Cheers :) – hatterman Feb 19 '16 at 13:22

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