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Virtual consoles reachable with Ctrl+Alt+F1-F6

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Ubuntu virtual terminal not working

I am unable to open the virtual terminals by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Fn. All I see is the cursor flashing in the top right corner and the ubuntu loading circle in the bottom of the screen. Edit: I found ...
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Getting black screen in 18.04 and it's logging in there only in

I have Ubuntu 18.04 installed on an HP laptop. I'm getting a black screen and then a tty login screen like the login screen of a virtual console.
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Stuck on /dev/nvme..:clean … x/x files, … x/x blocks screen

I was switching from tty2 to tty3 to tty4 and so on by using Ctrl+Alt+F[1-12] and suddenly this window appeared with only the top line Next thing I know, I wasn't able to use Ctrl+Alt+F[1-12] or Alt+[...
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Unicode not showing in UXterm after modifying .Xresources

I use nvim within Xterm. But it has no unicode characters (if I write for example CtrlV u2713 nothing appears, just a blank space). So I decided to switch to UXterm, where the unicode characters do ...
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Restricting login in text mode of standard user

How can I restrict login of standard user in text mode?I want only root to be able to access this.
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Switching virtual terminals is hanging X

I know there is often confusion about ctrl-alt-Fkey surprisingly "killing" X when in reality they have just switched to a text virtual console. This is not that question. When I switch to a virtual ...
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Make non graphical TTY more compatible with XTerm

I have a machine where I do not need/want Xwindows, intead I just use terminal in text only mode. There is a problem, ttys are very limited compared to XTerm/VTE terminals, i.e. only 16 colors, many ...
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how to run or re-load /etc/profile.d/ scripts?

From within the GUI, I'm seeing this result: My problem is exactly that this does not happen in the terminal run under the graphical user interface; neither in Ubuntu 16.04.3 or 18.04. – Thomas ...
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Virtual server not working after running openvpn

I'm using the DigitalOcean as virtual server on my Ubuntu 18.04. I'm connecting to it without any problem and when I'm running openvpn like the below command, I'm losing the control over the virtual ...
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Why is my console so slow in 18.04?

I just installed 18.04 on a Dell T310 server, and I'm noticing that the text console is unusably slow when scrolling text. To add some numbers to this, invoking dmesg immediately after boot over an ...
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i have read-only file system error

I'm running Ubuntu MATE 18.04 on an Acer Swift 1 laptop, I'm getting this error error screen. I tried everything I know. I can't even install Windows. I tried to install Windows 7, Windows 8 and ...
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How to change the primary display at runlevel 3

I have a desktop with two screens attached to it's VGA ports (GPU and motherboard). My main screen has two input ports (VGA and HDMI). I often plug my laptop into the HDMI port on the main screen and ...
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Exit Desktop to Terminal in Ubuntu 19.10

In Ubuntu 19.10, how can you exit the desktop and go straight to a terminal? I'd prefer to do this using a command, instead of Ctrl-Alt-F1 type techniques, because I'm doing this in a virtual machine,...
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How to configure the guest vm(Ubuntu16.04) to get ip from bridge network of the host vm(Ubuntu16.04) using KVM hypervisor?

I'm having trouble to get IP from the bridge network which was custom configures for 10.* addresses and now my guest VM was picking default address 192.*.
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Freeze on close terminal

Consider the following steps. I ctrl-alt-f5 into a terminal. I log in. I hit ctrl-d, or exit, to exit the terminal. My screen shows the graphical login page. (This is unexpected.) Neither the mouse ...
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Ubuntu 16.04, too many ttys

I'm working on a zynq board with Ubuntu 16.04. I find that there are more than 300 /dev/tty*. My question is how can I reduce the number of TTYs?
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Virtual terminal 1 not working, system logs out instead

Posted this in the Ubuntu One forum, but because of little activity, I am posting the question here too: 5.0.0-25-generic #26~18.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Thu Aug 1 13:51:02 UTC 2019 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/...
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How to get out of tty1 when you don't know your login and password

I'm having trouble logging in to the console in Ubuntu 19.04. I need to enter a login and password. When I enter my username and password, the console rejects the login. Keys Ctrl+Alt+(F1-F12) don't ...
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Using Ubuntu 18.04 in VirtualBox, Host+F1 opens login screen instead of Virtual Terminal

Linux newbie here. I am using VirtualBox and Ubuntu 18.04. Using Host (right Ctrl) + F1 does not start the Virtual Terminal, the login screen is displayed. I have VirtualBox with 16.04 installed,...
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How Virtual Terminals propagates their window size to child processes?

Following code can be used to get 'fresh' size of terminal window. struct winsize ws; ioctl(STDOUT_FILENO, TIOCGWINSZ, &ws); From the other side, only terminal process knows its window size, how ...
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How can I fix virtual terminal size for external monitor?

I plugged in my 4K external monitor (Dell 27 inch) to my Lenovo Thinkpad l540 running Ubuntu 18.04 using a mini displayport cable, and it works perfectly when I'm in the GUI. (The scaling option I ...
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Can't log, and can't launch the console mode

After launch a game, I cannot log. The resolution of the logging page is low. I think that the nvidia drivers are corrupted. So, I want to log with the (virtual) console mode and reinstall the ...
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How do I increase the number of TTY consoles?

I often find it convenient to work entirely from the command line, and like to have several tty "consoles" open simultaneously. How do I make my system default to having more than the traditional 6 ...
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How to switch to text console without logging out GUI on 18.10

Occasionally I need to drop into the text console (via ctrl+alt+f1), usually to kill something. When I try to return to the graphical console (via ctrl+alt+f7), I've been logged out of my GUI session ...
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No text console with custom kernel

I've recently started using my own custom kernels in Ubuntu, and they are working without problems, with the exception that I don't have a text console when I press any of the key combinations Ctrl+...
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Why is the dropbox daemon running immediately whenever I open a new terminal window?

Every time I open a new terminal window, the dropbox daemon starts. There is nothing in my .bashrc to start this, nor is Start Dropbox at system startup enabled. Why is this happening? dropbox: ...
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Can't login and no password prompt when trying to login as root on console on Ubuntu 18.04 running inside LXC

I have several installs of Ubuntu 18.04.2 inside LXC containers in several nodes running Proxmox 4.4-24 (Debian 8.11). On any of these, When I try to login as root on the console, I enter "root", ...
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Cannot logn on virtual terminal - return repeating? [duplicate]

My Ubuntu 18.04.2 system is working OK except for the following problem: I cannot seem to be able to login on any of the virtual terminals (Ctrl+Alt+F1 to F6. Specifically, I can type my username ...
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Ubuntu 18 login loop and can't open terminal

I have upgraded my ubuntu 16 to 18 and after reboot I am stuck into login loop, found this solution but I am also not able to open terminal from login screen, ctrl+alt+f* not working. Is there any ...
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Login Failing in Virtual Console

I am on Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS. When hitting Ctrl+Alt+F1 (F2 ...) I get a terminal login prompt in the virtual console. After entering the user name and pressing enter, it shows the Password: and ...
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Can't start any terminal

I'm on Ubuntu 18.04 bionic with a xfce desktop. Today I needed a terminal and had to learn that I'm not able any more to open ANY terminal emulator. The terminal windows just close as they appear. I'...
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Weird login behavior in tty1-6 [duplicate]

I have a very peculiar problem with my ubuntu 18.04 LTS. I press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to go to tty1 as always. And there is the classic screen that you have to login as always. But when I try to login this ...
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Ubuntu 18.10 is stuck at loading screen after new installation

Very much like: Ubuntu 18.04 is stuck at loading screen after new installation Except for being Ubuntu 18.10 The only way to interrupt a hung system like this, which simply never completes the boot ...
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Exiting from virtual terminal and automatically going back to X disables keyboard and mouse

When exiting from virtual terminal with automatic switch back to X the keyboard and mouse does not work any more. Here is the sequence to reproduce the issue. Hint: tty1 and tty2 are used by X for ...
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Graphical interface startup issue

The problem is with 18.10 cosmic desktop after a do-release-upgrade. Before the release upgrade I did not have this issue, or at least I did not notice it. The issue is that when the OS starts, the ...
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Ubuntu 18.10: Screen lock options grayed out

Recently upgraded to Ubuntu 18.10, having two problems. Easiest to explain: when I open "settings", go to "privacy", select "screen lock", I get the popup window with the screen lock settings, but ...
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Unable to change virtual terminal

I am currently running on a freshly installed Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS, and I am unable to change virtual terminal. I tried using the keyboard shortcut CTRL+ALT+F[1-6] which doesn't do anything and the ...
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Ctrl-Alt-Fx doesn't work: Getty / VT vs X session bug (18.04)

I've run into problems with virtual terminals. I boot up, log in via VT, startx. Next, I'm going to another VT (e.g. ctrl+alt+f2), login there too, and exit that vt (tty2). What happens next is ...
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Enabling virtual consoles in Ubuntu 18.04

I have used the virtual consoles (tty1-6) for decades in various Linuxes. I recently installed Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) on an x86-64 box. Everything is fine, except that the VCs don't work. As ...
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Hard disk locked

I have a problem, mi external hard disk is locked. Someone knows how to solve this problem. When I try to access it by inserting the password, an error message appears. It says: 'Error unlocking, ...
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How to copy root file system in Ubuntu

I want to copy my Ubuntu's root file system into another folder (perhaps /home/rootfs). I am not trying to copy /, which is the root file directory, but am trying to copy the root file system. Does ...
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Root shell on VT 9

When I switch to VT 9 by pressing Ctrl+Alt+F9 I get a root shell by default without a password prompt. How can I change it to demand a password before giving root shell access? I am using Ubuntu 16.04 ...
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How to have script detect if terminal emulator is running in a desktop session or not?

I have scripts I run that write out a text file, then open it in an editor. If I open a terminal emulator window in my desktop session and run the script, I'd like the editor to be a graphical one ...
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Access terminal from login screen on Ubuntu 18.04

I would like to open the terminal from the login screen. In previous Ubuntu releases I just used Ctrl+Alt+F1. However, when I press Ctrl+Alt+F1 in 18.04, nothing happens, the login screen just stays ...
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Clickable link + popup menu

Is it possible to have a clickable link, in my PS1, that opens a pop-up menu or something similar? My scenario I've personalized my .bashrc, to show my PS1 as user@machine: path #/$ and if I'm ...
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Why is /etc/init/tty?.conf ignored in Ubuntu 16.04?

When using Ubuntu 14.04, I used to have a custom /etc/init/tty2.conf that started a program in this virtual terminal. But after upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04, these files seem to be ignored. Regardless of ...
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What is the best way to install Ubuntu on cloud

I am currently using Ubuntu 17.10 using Oracle VirtualBox on USB as hard disk. Would like to know if it is possible to install Ubuntu on cloud for personal use and will it be faster compared to ...
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How can I record the screen (or screencast) in text mode?

Basically I want to capture the process of installing a driver in Ubuntu so I can watch it later. There are screen capture applications such as SimpleScreenRecorder, but they won't work in text mode ...
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Error while installing powerline

I recently installed powerline for bash and it seems to work fine but it made my terminal to load very slow. But when my main concern is when i go to my console pressing CTRL + ALT + F1 it shows some ...
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How can I distinguish a terminal window (GUI) from a console (CTRL+ALT+F3)?

I use a coloured bash prompt like so: blue=$(tput setaf 4) reset=$(tput sgr0) bold=$(tput bold) export PS1='($?) \[$bold$blue\]\u@\h:\w\[$reset\]$(__git_ps1)> ' I usually work in a terminal ...

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