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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Some commands fail when active display/vt is different from where they are running, How to fix/workaround that?

These applets are running on X at DISPLAY=:0 (fgconsole 7). NetworkApplet Related to nm-applet/NetworkManager run this command sleep 10;nmcli nm enable false;beep (you must be connected to the ...
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How to determine the current color of the console output?

I know that, if a coloured terminal is available, one can colour the output of it using escape characters. But is there a possibility to find out, which colour the output is currently being displayed ...
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Remap keyboard on the Linux console

I'm using Debian and I want to remap my keyboard because it has some problem. I googled and found xmodmap. But it doesn't work in graphicless mode, like tty1.
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adding a console target to GDM

In KDM, KDE's display manager, there's an option to exit the DM and login at the terminal. Gnome's display manager does not have this option. Here's the entry for Cinnamon: [Desktop Entry] ...
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Screen size in FreeBSD in VirtualBox

I am installing FreeBSD 10.0 on VirtualBox, and I can't figure out how to change the size of my screan, in the virtualbox? The freebsd in the virtualbox treats my screen like it's 1/4th the size of ...
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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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How to Pass High Resolution from GRUB2 to FreeBSD?

I boot FreeBSD-10-RELEASE from GRUB2. I have set up the GRUB2 boot menu to display very nicely at my laptop's max resolution of 1024x768x32. I know it's possible to pass this resolution to the boot ...
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My guest debian 7.7 boots on a terminal

I have VMware on my laptop and I installed a Debian 7.7 guest on it. An hour ago I powered off the debian, and when I booted it again, it came up with a terminal instead of my graphical environments. ...
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Is there a console command that replicates Alt+[F1..F10] to change terminal?

Hi I'm a Linux noob developing a custom embedded barebones distro. I have console access over serial to my machine. I would like to control what tty my user sees on their framebuffer. Currently the ...
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Hot-changing font-size, number of rows / columns on a text terminal

This question comes from this other. I have no X-Windows installed in my system. I just simply would like to change rows/columns in a text console (terminal) without rebooting. The desired behavior ...
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text based tool for ldap queries

I need a way to do LDAP queries through a text based interface. I use jXplorer on my own machine but that is a graphical client. Btw, I'm running Ubuntu server 14.04. The background: A server in my ...
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create several /dev/xconsole files automatically upon boot

I understand from my previous question that the /dev/xconsole file can be created using mkfifo. On my system (Debian Wheezy), /dev/xconsole gets created automatically. I am wondering who creates it ...
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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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Is it possible to see remotely what physical display is showing on linux machine without X?

We can use VNC to connect to remote X session but how can I remotely connect to that session which is displayed on physical monitor if remote linux machine does not have X installed? UPDATE to make ...
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Disabling all systemd messages from appearing on console

Is there an option to completely prevent all of systemd's messages from appearing on the console? I see these messages appearing on the console and they often come in the way of console logins and ...
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Change to rc.local causing hang on tty1

I added a script execution command to my rc.local but forgot to run it in a separate tty. The script has an infinite loop and has hung my tty1. Ctrl-C does not do anything and I don't have another ...
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Run an X11 command from a different console

On my Ubuntu 14.04 virtual machine compiz freezes often. I usually swtich to tty1 and kill the process, then switch back to tty7 and, if I can see a terminal window, I run compiz --replace & in ...
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The linux console resolution seting didn't run

I use Gentoo/Linux. Because of some reasons, I want to set the resolution of the console. So I rewrite grub file. GRUB_GFXMODE=1366x768 GRUB_GFXPAFLOAD_LINUX=1366x768 But it isn't run.When I load ...
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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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Kubuntu terminal setting depending on display

I am running Kubuntu on dual screen configuration. Both displays have the same resolutions (FullHD) but the trick is that one is significantly smaller than the other (24 inch monitor vs. 15 inch ...
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Black console mouse cursor on NetBSD 6.1.5

I am using NetBSD 6.1.5 with VMWare workstation 10. I am booting from this entry in boot.cfg: menu=Boot NetBSD:vesa 1280x800;boot netbsd When using wsmoused in console mode, the cursor on the ...
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Emulate console by sending data on one UDP port, and receive text from another

Note: I also posted this question on SuperUser, because I'm not sure where it belongs I'm trying to establish a "console-like" connection with a National Instruments cRIO-FRC. It broadcasts its ...
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create several /dev/xconsole files

I am using /dev/xconsole to send system logs from rsyslog. That works great, because I am don't have to store the logs on disk. I would like to have another similar file , i.e /dev/xconsole1 where I ...
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Bind Ctrl+Down in Joe on a Linux console

When I want to select a line in joe editor, I can go to the beginning and simply pres CTRL-Down and this will select the line. I can move somewhere ales and copy the line with CTRL-k-c. The key code ...
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Display power management in console

When in console (i.e. not in Gnome or KDE) the display will automatically power down in case of inactivity. It seems to me to be set to something around 30 minutes. This power management is completely ...
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How to change cursor shape, color, and blinkrate of Linux Console?

I know I can change some fundamental settings of the Linux console, things like fonts, for instance, with dpkg-reconfigure console-setup. But I'd like to change things like blinkrate, color, and ...
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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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disabling ctrl-alt-del and /etc/init

My OS is RHEL 6.2 I disable Ctrl+Alt+Del by changing in /etc/init/control-alt-del.conf the line exec /sbin/shutdown -r now "Control-alt-del pressed" by exec /bin/true I'll be testing it next ...
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Disabling a keyboard key in console

I wrote a script that dialog command is vulnerable to Esc key, now I want to disable Esc key in console. NOTE: X11 has been not installed in server and xev or xmodmap doesn't work.
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Send specific signal number with specific key

I want to set a specific key like F12 to send me a specific signal number that out of linux signals range that I can handle this signal with trap command. How can I do that? NOTE: I'm working with ...
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Resync NumLock light with NumLock status

I plugged a second keyboard into my computer to test something, and now my NumLock light is out of sync with the lock status (the light is off when NumLock is on, and vice-versa). How can I get the ...
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Extract file from completely disconnected machine, possibly via Kernel messages

I have a VPS running inside an OpenStack cloud that has more or less crashed completely - the provider hasn't been able to get any kind of networking on it for over 2 days, seems completely broken on ...
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How much speed difference for a tweaked bios versus uefi boot? [closed]

EFI can be faster, but that's not certain. The biggest speed difference is in hardware initialization early in the process. On my systems, this is a fraction of the total boot time, so a ...
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Configure distant terminal behaviour

I just installed debian 7 on a VPS, created users, configured ssh ..etc The problem is that the terminal application changed its behavior just after connecting with my new username: Autocompletion ...
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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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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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Virtual console pauses video and audio playback running in KDE

In Kubuntu 14.04, when I switch to one of the virtual consoles by pressing CTRL-ALT-F1...F6 all audio and video playback running in the GUI gets interrupted and continues only when going back to X. ...
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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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Stop init.d from running, and go to terminal prompt

I'm running Rasbian (Debian?) on my Raspberry Pi, and have allot of auto-starting things in init.d. But what if I want to stop them all from running, and simply break into a terminal prompt? I've ...
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Linux console: only kernel messages are printed

My Linux system is built by Buildroot and runs on a Raspberry Pi. I use a Usb to TTL Serial cable to get a console. Here comes cmdline.txt dwc_otg.fiq_fix_enable=1 sdhci-bcm2708.sync_after_dma=0 ...
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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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Loadkeys gives permission denied for normal user

I am trying to perform loadkeys operation. For normal user, I am getting permission denied error. the error is as follows. <tim@testps>~% loadkeys mykeys Loading /usr/tim/mykeys Keymap 0: ...
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How to define a Compose Key in terminal (no desktop environment)?

I would like to define a compose key on my system (Debian Sid "Wheezy"). I have no Xorg (and don't want any desktop environment). Only in terminal. I would like to set it up on my Alt-Gr key (right ...
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Removing Gnome GUI and Booting From CLI

I'm running an ARM version of Ubuntu provided by Linaro. I'm not 100% sure on current version as I'm re-installing using the manufacturing tools (I want to say its Linaro 11.10). However, I was ...
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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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Is it possible to view media on the console?

I know the console (outside X11, e.g. /dev/tty1) works in text-mode, but I think if it is possible to play music using programs like cvlc and mplayer, it should be possible to view pictures and watch ...
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Insert Unicode Characters at Console Login

My password contains "special" characters like ü. How can I login at the console (no X running) when the default keyboard layout does not provide these characters? Or, differently put: how can I ...
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Configuration file for Virtual Console

Does any configuration file exist for virtual console, when a user logins in it which is read and executed ? My requirement: To execute some shell commands when a user logins using the virtual ...
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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 ...