In previous versions of Ubuntu, Ctrl+Alt+F1 through F6 opened up virtual consoles. On Ubuntu Gnome 17.04 Ctrl+Alt+F1 opens another GUI and the others do nothing.
How do I restore the old behavior?
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> the others do nothing.
On 17.10, the virtual terminals are there but invisible! You can type blindly into them and they work:
Alt-Ctrl-F4 # switch to a VT Enter username # typing blindly into black screen... password date >/tmp/foo Alt-Ctrl-F1 # switch back to Wayland GUI ls -l /tmp/foo # it's there
I was trying to figure this out for Ubuntu 22.04, but it appears the arrangement of consoles has changed from what it was historically. Ctrl+Alt+F1 appears to be a persistent session for the login screen (to allow switching between multiple users, I think), Ctrl+Alt+F2 is the logged-in GUI session, and then Ctrl+Alt+F3 through Ctrl+Alt+F6 are additional consoles (though I suspect those may get consumed if more than one GUI user is logged in).