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I'm using Linux Mint Debian Edition with Cinnamon. If I switch to another tty using Ctrl + Alt + F# and then switch back to tty7, I only see the terminal with this error:

[FAIL] startpar: services returned failure: plymouth ... failed

I checked in the dmesg, daemon.log, lastlog, messages, user.log, and Xorg.0.log and I don't see the error anywhere. I'm forced to switch back to another tty and restart mdm (Mint Display Manager) to get back to the log in screen (and thus losing whatever I was working on).

How do I fix this? I thought Plymouth was merely for setting the resolution as early as possible in the boot process. I did post a similar thread at the LM forums, but haven't received any word yet.

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Have you tried Alt-Left or Alt-Right? – Aaron D. Marasco Mar 6 '13 at 1:35
@AaronD.Marasco How did I miss that? That works perfectly, so post it as an answer and I'll accept it. – Ricardo Altamirano Mar 6 '13 at 1:41
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Have you tried Alt-Left or Alt-Right?

(I don't use Debian, I found the info here. I'll try it on RHEL next time I'm on my Linux box.)

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Interesting that you found the shortcut in a mostly unrelated bug report. How did you come across that? – Ricardo Altamirano Mar 6 '13 at 1:49
Google'd "debian cinnamon x server tty" wondering if it was on a different tty number or something. – Aaron D. Marasco Mar 6 '13 at 2:05
I had searched something similar, and searching again I can see that I simply glossed right over that. Clearly I need to get off EST and back on GMT. – Ricardo Altamirano Mar 6 '13 at 2:46

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