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On my tty terminals (1-6), I lose text when I move away from it and back (i.e. pressing ShiftPg Up doesn't reveal any scrolled-off text). How can I recover this text?

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As far as I know, it's just lost. The Linux console only stores history until you change to a different console. If you want to keep more history, use Screen.

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or tmux.sf.net –  akira Jan 31 '11 at 21:01
    
@akira: or Emacs… –  Gilles Jan 31 '11 at 21:16
    
Go not to the elves^H^H^H Internet for counsel, for they will say both yes and no...and maybe and you should use Emacs... ;-) –  mazianni Feb 10 '11 at 16:34
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