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Can I start my main desktop graphical session remotely?

So my workstation at work got rebooted and I'm currently not logged in physically there with a graphical session. I have ssh access to it, and I can start a new X windows session and use my graphical ...
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Send a command from the console to a running X server

Is it possible to send a command from the console, say tty1, to the terminal currently occupied with X (in my case tty7 as I use Debian), to tell for example mplayer to play a movie? Edit - made a ...
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How can I check which terminal definitions are available?

The bulk of the question is in title, but to elaborate a little: On most Linuxes I can find /usr/share/terminfo -type f. But on Solaris machine I have nearby - this directory doesn't even exist. I ...
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How do I change the screen font size when using a virtual terminal

Using LDXE and Ubuntu, I can log into a virtual terminal via Ctrl+Alt+F1. The text is far too small. How do I change the screen resolution to get a larger font?
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Fully Disable PrntScr Key

I recently came across a Linux feature I have never seen before, where pressing the PrntScr button on the keyboard prints a physical piece of paper with the contents of my console. I really need to ...
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Why are there so many virtual terminal devices?

I've been reading the Advanced Linux Programming book and it mentions about virtual terminals which, if I understood it correctly, it is a Linux-specific feature (not in Unix) to allow multiple login ...
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Cannot switch to TTYs or back

I just upgraded to Mint 13 - KDE x64 I am unable to switch to ttys by using the CtrlAltF1 .. F6 keys. The gettys are running and I can switch to the terminals with the sudo chvt 1 command. I have ...
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Cannot switch to console anymore after using Alt_R as mod4

I'd like to use the right ALT key as 'mod4' (most notably because, by default, the 'awesome' window manager is using mod4 as a modifier for most WM commands and I like that idea a lot). However I've ...
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Console ScreenSaver without X11

I'm trying to setup a very slimmed down console only Debian system to act as a simple slideshow photo display. I know that it is possible to show graphics (I guess using the framebuffer) in the ...
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Locking console input without screen blanking

I'm looking for a method to lock/disable keyboard input into a text console (tty, no xorg) without blanking the screen. I would like to be able to monitor the on-screen progress of a long-running ...
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How do I configure setfont and loadkeys properly?

I'm installing LFS and I'm struggling with this section. My locale is sv_SE.UTF-8 and I have a Swedish keyboard. So I suppose I should enable unicode and that the keymap is sv-latin1: cat > ...
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Switch display output without rebooting but not in Xorg

My graphic card has two output (VGA and DVI). Is it possible to switch from one to the other without rebooting ? It works in Xorg by restarting the X server (I guess it should be doable with xrandr ...
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Printing to an X terminal faster than printing to tty?

In Linux Mint 17, I was testing the printing speed of the default ttys versus the speed of a mate-terminal running on Xorg. To test the speeds, I generated a random file: dd if=/dev/urandom ...
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Linux VT Emacs in tmux, breaks color and cursor

TERM is set to screen. I tried with screen-256color, but then the colors went really nuts. I also tried xterm, linux, and some others (that I could think of, not really thinking) but screen is the ...
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Interpret backspaces in file

Is there a way to interpret/"execute" backspaces in a file/line using common bash commands? I have a console program which prints some stuff and than erases it using backspaces and finally writes the ...
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How can one switch to ttyX in virtualbox?

I run VirtualBox in Linux , running CentOS in it , and I can't switch to ttyX in the CentOS since I'll go to the ttyX in my Linux. Any solutions ?
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How to safely shutdown computer during boot sequence?

Due to a bug my computer has stopped in the middle of the boot sequence, just waiting. If I type anything, it prints stuff like ^[[B. I do not want to damage the files on the computer by pressing the ...
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How to modify linux console prompt line ( for a while )

For example I typed such commands: user@my-machine:~$ cd ABC user@my-machine:~/ABC$ cd long-name user@my-machine:~/ABC/long-name$ cd another-long-name ...
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clear command in Konsole

I know about the Linux clear command, but it just moves the previous output from the visible part of terminal window (KDE Konsole). I can still scroll up and see all previous text. Is there similar ...
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Setting console font in vconsole.conf does not work (systemd)

I am trying to set a different default console font for my new Arch Linux installation (using systemd). I set up my vconsole.conf in /etc as so: KEYMAP=us FONT=Lat2-Terminus16 I rebooted and saw ...
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caps lock led not working on Linux console

When I switch to a TTY and turn on the caps lock, the caps lock LED on my keyboard isn't turning on. On X it works fine. When I activate caps lock and then switch to a TTY and then press caps lock (on ...
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How to change font-size, number of rows / columns on a terminal

I am running a Linux server (without xwindows or any kind of GUI), with a modern 22" LCD monitor. Given the huge size of my monitor, I would like to increase the number of rows and columns on my ...
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use mosh without giving up local scrollback / history?

Is there a way to use mosh without giving up the local scrollback? Basically, in some circumstances, IP-roaming is indeed useful and needed, but the extra terminal emulation and key prediction seems ...
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Ubuntu Server, set terminal font to a custom ttf font?

I would like to change the system (console) font of my ubuntu server to a custom (downloaded) font. Is this possible? I've tried to use: dpkg-reconfigure console-setup but the only allows me to ...
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How to get user-level access to modifier keypresses in console app?

I need to get access to modifier-key state for a console app I'm writing (a personalized editor). Are there any packages/libs/whatever that provide this access? I cobbled the following from ...
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Pivot in text mode (no X) (Pivot = rotated 90 degrees)

How to get rotated video in text mode (no X), even during booting sequence ? OS: Linux Graphics card: mostly ATI, but curious about NVida and Intel solutions.
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How to install light-weight vim and to be able to efficiently load files into one instance vim?

On my laptop with Ubuntu I'm able to have just one instance of vim, launched with vim --servername VIM After this I'm able to open files from console with vim --remote-silent filename I use ...
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In linux console (no X), how to stretch console screen to fit monitor

Google could not help me with this problem. I hope you guys can. When I boot my computer, the first few screens presented to me by BIOS and boot menu are stretched to fit the LCD screen. Once Linux ...
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Remapping caps-lock to escape, and menu to compose, on the linux console

When running X I use a .xmodmaprc to remap certain keys thusly: ! Make it so that both Caps Lock and Escape do Escape clear Lock keysym Caps_Lock = Escape ! Remap the menu key as Compose keysym Menu ...
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Change the status of the keyboard leds, from within an X session, without root access

I am trying to force the capslock led on. xset does not work for me, so I am trying to use setleds. In a graphical console, this command returns: > LANG=C setleds -L +caps KDGKBLED: Inappropriate ...
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Change the number of rows and columns in the TTY [duplicate]

I want to resize the terminal which comes up when you press CtrlAltF1 (or F2,F3,...). 25x80 is small for a 24" screen. Tried using stty, but the commands stty columns 200 and stty rows 50 does not ...
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Configure kbd and immediately profit of the changes without rebooting

I want to disable consoleblank and activates console clock vcstime which are obviously managed by kbd on my Debian 6. So I've changed the following in /etc/kbd/config file: POWERDOWN_TIME=1 ...
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Convert .bdf/.pcf font to .psf(u) for using as consolefont?

I am using Arch Linux. Is it possible to convert a BDF or PCF font to a PSF font for use in console/CONSOLEFONT in rc.conf? I haven't found anything that can do it,except bdf2psf which I got the ...
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Is it possible to change what tty a terminal emulator is connected to?

If I have a terminal emulator (say, xterm) by default it connects to a pseudoterminal like /dev/pts/3 What I would like to know is if it is possible to connect it directly to, say, tty1? Could I ...
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Escape on Control key, Control on Capslock key, Capslock on Escape key

I'm looking for a method that works in both X and the console with console-setup (e.g. xkboptions, no X-exclusive methods like xmodmap). With XKBoptions, combining ctrl:swapcaps and caps:swapescape ...
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USB device messages flooding dmesg (and console)

When USB mouse is plugged into my laptop, dmesg is flooded with following messages: usb 3-1: USB disconnect, device number 28 usb 3-1: new low-speed USB device number 29 using xhci_hcd usb 3-1: New ...
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Whether monitor is off without appealing to X or /proc

How can I know whether the monitor is on or off if X is not running, and without appealing to /proc/acpi/video? The latter isn't available from my kernel. If X is running it's just a matter of $ ...
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Disabling or changing console switching keys

For some reasons on my Ubuntu 11.04 Natty running Linux 2.6.38-13, with an Italian layout for the keyboard, the keystrokes AltFx switch between virtual consoles (instead of the normal CtrlAltFx ...
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Is there any way to have console (rogue) mode programs take over only part of the terminal screen?

I like the command line because it preserves the context of what I'm doing. But if I use a "rogue" mode program like vi or less, the whole screen gets taken over. Is a middle way possible, where the ...
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Framebuffer on OpenBSD?

I am migrating from Linux to OpenBSD, and one of the things I miss from my old OS is how even the consoles looked nice (so nice you could actually watch movies in there) under framebuffer using a ...
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How do I let an SDL app (not running as root) use the console

I want to use an SDL-based program to display graphics on the console, without having to log on from the console, and without running the program as root. For example, I want to be able to run it via ...
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Setting Framebuffer splash resolution when exiting X

I installed a copy of BackTrack 5 R2 (Ubuntu 10.04) to my HDD and dual-booted with Windows 7. After a bit of tweaking I set about updating the native Intel drivers because it was only allowing me to ...
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256 color in real console

I have in my .bashrc export TERM=xterm-256color but this cause blinking all colored text (ls --color, in vim etc.) in real console (CTRL + ALT + F1) . So is there any possibility to recognize in ...
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Is a virtual console considered a process running on the OS kernel?

A terminal emulator is a program/process running in the GUI of an OS. A linux kernel offers 7 virtual consoles. Is a virtual console also a process running on the OS kernel?
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Multi-function CapsLock without X

I would like to remap CapsLock to Esc when pressed by itself and Ctrl when pressed with another key without using X. This is similar to a previous question ( Remap CapsLock to Escape and Control ...
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Switch to TTYs without Function keys

At the moment I have a keyboard which lacks function keys (F1 through F12), and I was wondering - is there a way I could switch to textual TTYs (and back, which might prove to be a problem if I were ...
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open /dev/fb0: No such device

I installed fbi framebuffer to view images on TTY terminals (outside X). When I do: fbi image.jpg it outputs the following error: open /dev/fb0 no such device Yet when I run ls /dev/fb*, I ...
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Clipboard sharing between the host OS and a virtual console of a VirtualBox linux guest

I have a CentOS guest OS running without X11. Is there anyway I can paste text from the host clipboard into the virtual terminals or highlight text in the vt via the console mouse daemon and paste it ...
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Print console colors

Wrote a bash function to display the console colors. But, it seems some of the colors are not possible to show that way! (?) Also, note the strange "bright black"! (Note: The below screendump is of ...
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How do I view cp1251 text file in UTF-8 console?

Attempt 1: $ less subs.srt "subs.srt" may be a binary file. See it anyway? <C8><F2><E0><EB><FC><FF><ED> ... Attempt 2: $ LANG=ru_RU.CP1251 less subs.srt ...