The system console is an interface used by human to control the computer. Basically, it consists of a keyboard and a monitor that can provide a text user interface.

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display no longer listends to console after starting X11, not even after shutting down X11

From the console, or another virtual terminal, I launch X11. This is in Free BSD. I cannot return the display to any other terminal afterwards. By using the ctl-alt-F1 key combination, for example. ...
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Create iso Frame buffer video [on hold]

How to create a ISO and only frame buffer video console? (Example: archlinux, fedora, debian, Ubuntu, etc)
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Putty doesn't have any colors, but only for one server

I'm using Putty to connect to 7 servers. The problem is that one of them doesn't have any colors, which makes it harder to distinguish folders from other files. Here's what I'm talking about. ...
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Stop /sbin/agetty and log out the session

I start agetty using /sbin/agetty 115200 /dev/ttyS2 vt220 to provide console access through my port ttyS2. From the other computer, I can create a connection, and upon opening, I am prompted with ...
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Lost Folders and Files in the directory /home/ubuntu/ in Ubuntu

I have uploaded a .tar file in /home/ubuntu/ and un-zipped the file in the folder name 'analytics'. After reboot, I couldn't found the directory and the tar files. I have checked it through SSH ...
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Polling for a Bluetooth Button Push

I have a bluetooth button that I have successfully paired several times with various raspberry pi's and linux boxes. The button works as a unique doorbell and various other applications, but I have ...
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Origin of /etc/termcap linux entry

Why is there a type of $TERM called linux described in /etc/termcap? Why and when was it created and what's the point of it? Couldn't we just stay with vt-generic? Is linux just a customary name and a ...
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agetty dumb terminal option

I'm trying to set up a CentOS distro to output on a serial console. I went through all the steps described on this page . My question concerns the agetty command: exec /sbin/agetty ttyS1 19200 ...
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Is it possible to save Linux virtual console content and scrollback in a file?

I have a long-term running script and I forgot to redirect its output to a file. I can see it in a terminal, but can I save it to a file? I'm not asking for tee, output redirection (e.g. >, ...
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Redirect console to a serial port

I have a serial port /dev/ttyS2 that is connected to a supervisor. Normally, I use this line to send commands back and forth between CPU and supervisor. However, under some settings, I want to just ...
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How can I force the console to output to something other than the framebuffer?

I recently recompiled my kernel to support the vesa framebuffer for some Directfb fun but now my console outputs text very slowly. It's almost as if turning on the framebuffer caused my console to ...
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get rid of “No Caching mode page found” message during boot

during early boot, I get following error message: [sdb] No Caching mode page found [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through If I understand correctly, this is actually just a harmless info message ...
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Display images in console (curses)?

What approach can be used to display an image in a console (no X windows)? For example, I can use curses/ncurses to divide a console into different panes, but in some situations I would like to ...
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Is it possible to see errors when executing a script inside a script?

I have the files my1.sh and my2.sh. my1.sh: .... do something ./my2.sh my2.sh: .... do something else Now my problem is that if any command (like or example a ntfsclone) fails in my2.sh I get ...
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256 colors in console (tty)

Suppose, I have a system without X server. I can only log in from the console. It seems, by default linux console supports only 8 colors: # tput colors 8 Is it possible to use 256 colors in the ...
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How to get Unicode values of dead keys from mediumraw console keyboard

In an application that runs in a frame buffer, I read keys from /dev/tty after having set it to mediumraw mode using int fd = open("/dev/tty", O_RDWR); ... ioctl(fd, KDSKBMODE, K_MEDIUMRAW); In ...
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Create serial console on plug in USB serial device

I have a CentOS 7 headless system with no serial ports. I sometimes want to access the server using a serial cable, so I plug in a USB serial cable (to my laptop's serial port) but I can't get a ...
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Return to GUI from text console with many X11 servers?

I know the thread How to get out of TTY and into X session apparently about similar thing as here, and Command line to return to the GUI after Ctrl-Alt-F1 about chvt. I have Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. I run ...
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“map: vt01 => fb0” - what is that?

At startup of Rasbian on Raspberry PI, when console asks for login I can see the following text: map: vt01 => fb0 What does that mean? How can I disable it? (hide this message, I would only like ...
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Find and replace using parts of the found string in the replace string

Let foo be any string. I have to search a file for all occurrences of \LeftLabel{foo} and replace each occurrence with \LeftLabel{\textsf{foo}} but only if foo does not start with a $ ...
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enable external display on FreeBSD console

tl;dr, I'd like to use the external display with FreeBSD 10.0 on an HP Pavilion g7-2270us. Don't care if it's mirrored or I have to select one or the other. Here's the symptoms: When a display is ...
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Why does 8250 UART driver not wake up TTY if more than 256 characters are pending?

What is the motivation of this if-condition in void serial8250_tx_chars(struct uart_8250_port *up)? if (uart_circ_chars_pending(xmit) < WAKEUP_CHARS) uart_write_wakeup(port); It has been ...
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Parse terminfo u6 string

Looking at terminfo and Parameterized Strings. Some examples from infocmp -1 xterm: cud=\E[%p1%dB, given argument 13: \E =><ESC> [ => [ %p1 PUSH parameter 1 (13) onto stack %d POP and print ...
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How to disable fade to black for the fullscreen console

After a while of inactivity the fullscreen console fades to black until I press a key. I want to disable the fade to black on my fullscreen console running in a VirtualBox. I'm running Debian 8 ...
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Alternate screen on FreeBSD's sc and vt

By default, FreeBSD's virtual terminals (sc and vt) don't restore previous terminal content when exiting from a full screen app. Is there a support for this functionality? I've tried following ...
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Where do the logs directed to /dev/console go?

I'm studying RHEL 7. If I add this line to rsyslog.conf: kern.notice /dev/console Where will the messages with facility "kernel" and priority "notice" be logged? If I run this command: ...
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Enable mouse support in the console for applications that feature it in GUI terminals [closed]

Is there some general mechanism missing in text mode consoles but present in GUI terminals that I can enable for mouse-supporting applications? By "general" I mean not per-application (not ...
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How can I spawn a TTY text virtual console?

Due to (what I think is) some sort of bug on the Linux version (Kali v2.0) of my remote computer, my TTY text consoles do not start until I locally sit on the machine and press CtrlAltFn. I use to ...
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How to get the very first boot messages in high resolution

After upgrading to debian jessie I abandoned the proprietary nvidia drivers and switched to nouveau. I am using grub2 to boot. Kernel is 3.8.2 compiled from source. my graphics card is an nvidia ...
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How do I get the pid of the exact progarm launched

So I have a couple python programs say program A and program B, when using "pgrep python" to get the pid, it gives me the pid of both program A and program B. However, I am writing a program that need ...
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Ctrl+Alt+F1(F2,F3,F4…) doesn't work after /run was filled up

# uname -a Linux kali 4.0.0-kali1-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.0.4-1+kali2 (2015-06-03) x86_64 GNU/Linux # uptime 19:31:04 up 40 days, 4:38, 56 users, load ...
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How can I configure /etc/kmscon/kmscon.conf to use multiple layouts

I want to configure kmscon to use two layouts. Now my /etc/kmscon/kmscon.conf looks like this: xkb-layout=us,ru xkb-options=grp:alt_shift_toggle font-name=Liberation Mono font-size=12 but it's not ...
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How to find blockage for Virtual Terminal switching?

I am stuck on virtual terminal 14. Starting some SDL-software brought me there. Now I cannot go anywhere else. Every "chvt" freezes (at the "VT_WAITACTIVE" ioctl) if it is not chvt 14 which succeeds. ...
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How to programmatically check if the terminal supports italics?

I'd like to check if the current terminal is able to display italics correctly. Checking that manually is easy: echo -e "\e[3mfoo\e[23m" If the output is foo, the terminal (-emulator) supports ...
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How are virtual consoles related to traditional computer terminals?

This is extracted (with some rewording) from Computer terminal and virtual console, which has been closed with a hatnote linking to What is the exact difference between a 'terminal', a ...
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Disable embedded keyboard when in a tty

I've been lately working on a netbook. I like to connected an external keyboard and mouse to it whenever I can, and I put the keyboard over the embedded keyboard. When on X, I used xinput to disable ...
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Where can I find a modern version of the “rock” (or “t”) console typeface?

Back in the Slackware and RedHat-pre-Fedora days, there was a console font called, at times, "rock", or "t". I've searched for this many times, but can't find any reference to it. I thought it would ...
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unable to change screen resolution of tty

I am using Fedora 21 in Oracle Virtual Box. I am using just tty (no GUI). I need to increase screen resolution, I tried following things but failed: xrandr but gives me error: cannot open display I ...
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Remotely access my computer's framebuffer console from Android

I need to remotely view my computer's display. I am using programs that I launch from a text console, then they create their own graphical session, like Kodi or EmulationStation (it does not start if ...
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What does Linux wait for when switches from Xorg to text console?

Sometimes my Xorg hangs and locks the console dead, with a “stale frame” of GUI on the monitor. Hardware and driver-related problems are likely (see here for description of particular configuration), ...
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My /dev/vcs7 is missing - is this by design, or can I create it?

In searching for a way to see the messages on my machine's console (the tty I get when hitting Ctrl+Alt+F7) from a shell, it was suggested to me that /dev/vcs7 was the appropriate place to look. This ...
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Where is the `$TERM` environmental variable set in Debian Jessie for console logins?

I have read a lot of articles and SE questions regarding how and where the default $TERM environmental variable gets set. Unfortunately in Debian 8.1 I can't seem to find where the default $TERM ...
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Map Caps Lock to Escape for server not running X [duplicate]

I am using xmodmap to remap the capslock key to escape for my Linux system running X. I am now working directly on a headless Ubuntu 14.04 LTS server that does not run X. Is there any easy way to ...
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How to paint on linux graphical console?

I need to display QR codes on graphical console on Linux. I am using qemu. Can you give me a sample code of painting something on graphical console or a hint how to do that?
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How to disable vcstime

There's a program /usr/sbin/vcstime which prints the date/time in the top/right corner of your terminals. You can enable it in /etc/kbd/config (on the last line). It's disabled by default. I'm having ...
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auto mp3 id3 tag updater as a service [duplicate]

I have an ubuntu 14.04 server running 7/24 as NFS, torrent server etc. I have many mp3 files needed to update id3 tags. Is there a way for auto update those mp3 files id3 tags like musicbrainz picard ...
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Disable laptop keyboard to only use USB keyboard

I need to disable my laptop's keyboard so that keyboard can only be used via USB. I am not using X, I am on the Linux console. The solution should be able to start as early in the boot process as ...
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copy from file and paste in the terminal without x server

I have got an Ubuntu Linux without x server installed on it (because it's only a gateway). I am requested by an application (ossec,-my question is not ossec related-) to paste information into the ...
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Console timeout blanks to white instead of black

My hardware screen on my laptop turns white, when the console timeouts and blanks, upon idling. I would expect it to normally turn black or turn off the screen entirely. When clicking a button, the ...
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How to permanently disable root-password prompt for recovery mode, RHEL6

In the rare cases that a RHEL or CentOS 6 system is prevented from booting by (for instance) an improper shutdown, or a forced fsck-check failure on boot, the console will prompt the user for a root ...