The character based display-interface between human and computer.

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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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Change colors in console/virtual terminal

Is there a way to alter all the available colors in console / virtual terminal? By console, I mean what you get after pressing CTRL + ALT + F1 and not anything like xterm or urxvt. So, I guess that ...
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Virtual TTY jumps to the next on launching from the Openbox menu

When I launch a terminal from my Openbox menu my virtual terminal TTY jumps to the next CtrlAltF12 slot. It seems that this problem appeared after I wanted some more than 7 TTYs and added some to ...
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vi hangs when run in /dev/console under LXC

I'm running an Arch Linux container from within lxc. The lxc-start command connects to the internal /dev/console, on which I have agetty running using the following command: /sbin/agetty --noclear -a ...
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open() console for default file descriptors

I'm reading a shell program implementation in C ( the xv6 shell from MIT's 6.828 Operating System Engineering course ). The main() function for this shell starts with the following code: //Assumes ...
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Console font - how to show accents?

Arch linux on VirtualBox. My problem is the console (not X) does not show accents like "á ã ç". The problem is showing, not typing. I have a text file with these accents and when I use "cat" the ...
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Move terminal emulator process from xorg to tty? [duplicate]

Is it possible (and if so, how?) to move a process from a terminal emulator running in X to a different virtual terminal, so that I can restart the X server without killing the process running in the ...
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Non-graphical tty's not stretching full screensize

on tty7 (graphical environment) nothing's wrong, I can enjoy the whole pixels of my screen which is the main thing. But here's something a bit annoying, when I switch on terminals from 1 to 6, the ...
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Using screen to connect to Cisco console

I am trying to configure a Cisco (small business 300) via serial port. I read here: http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/6130/use-screen-as-a-terminal-emulator-to-connect-to-serial-consoles ...
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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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messages appearing when not desired

I have SSH access to a CentOS box and I have a strange behavior of that box, I have never seen before. Lets say I am editing a file with vi or displaying tail -f of a file. Every time the server has ...
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Why are multiple command-line terminal consoles available/running at the same time on RHEL systems?

I'm studying for the RHCSA and am trying to wrap my mind around a seemingly basic concept: terminal consoles. I don't understand how/why RHEL systems make 6 terminal consoles (/dev/ttyN) available ...
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Can I use xterm to read/write to a pts without spawning another process (e.g a shell)?

I have a process which reads and writes to a pseudo terminal. I would like to open xterm and have it open a pseudo terminal and leave it open so I can communicate with this process without creating ...
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What happens when Ctrl + Alt + F<Num> is pressed?

I am looking for an explanation of what happens in Linux when this key combination is pressed to change the current terminal. In particular, what software component intercepts this key combination and ...
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Linux: Difference between /dev/console , /dev/tty and /dev/tty0

On a Linux system, what is the difference between /dev/console , /dev/tty and /dev/tty0 ? What is their respective use? How do they compare?
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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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How to switch from TTY to KDE in Oracle Linux

I had installed Oracle Linux. While installing I had selected KDE for the desktop. After finishing I assumed that I could login to KDE Desktop, but I got a TTY. It asked for login and I gave root ...
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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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Adjusting keyboard sensitivity in a command line terminal?

When using a tty login shell by entering Ctrl-Alt-F1 from an Ubuntu 12.04 install on a laptop the keyboard seems overly sensitive and if my finger lingers for a moment on a button I end up with ...
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Graphical console applications in Emacs

I am having trouble running htop within an ansi-term in Emacs 24.2. It looks like some of the control characters are not interpreted correctly. I thought ansi-term was capable of handling font ...
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Debian Console Font with Nvidia Drivers?

On my Debian Squeeze (6.x) installation my system had a nice small login shell font (terminus??) but after installing the nvidia drivers for my machine it boots up using a very chunky font (on a 24 ...
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Add echo command to /etc/profile to disable screen blanking

I am considering adding the following echo command to /etc/profile echo -e ‘\033[9;0]\033[14;0]’ The system in question does not have setterm command available and is just running text console. ...
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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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Login other bash ttys after logging in to one

Is there a way to login certain (or all) ttys after logging into one? I don't want auto-login because I still want to login once (for security). I've looked into things like "screen" but they are ...
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How to get fewer ttys with Systemd?

In the old days I just modified /etc/inittab. Now, with systemd, it seems to start tty[1-6] automatically, how should I disable tty[4-6]? Looks like there's only one systemd service file, and it use ...
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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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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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Preserve scroll on Linux console switch [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I ensure that a terminal remains scrollable? I've configured really sweet keystrokes for switching between, and scrolling in, a tty (the Linux console). But, as ...
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How to undo in spreadsheet calculator sc?

spreadsheet calculator sc is a very old console-based program. It does what the name says. I cannot find how to undo an operation in its man page. I currently use it together with RCS, ie. manually ...
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change to text console using ssh

I'm connecting to target computer through SSH from command line. Target computer is running Gnome. I need to be able to tell the target computer to change its desktop to a fullscreen text console ...
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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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What tool can preview console font?

I don't know about the console font format, for a normal truetype font, I could use gnome-font-viewer to preview it, but what about console font? If I don't switch back to another tty, and use setfont ...
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Redirect linux console on boot

Is it possible on boot to redirect the console output to a screen session? The server has no monitor attached, and I'd like to be able to see the primary console output. I've seen other posts about ...
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Show current “setterm” values/settings

I know that setterm can be used to adjust parameters such as screen blanking time on a virtual console. How can I show the current setterm settings/values for all parameters?
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Is there a way to view the console output instead of boot logo, while my RHEL 6.2 machine boots up?

My company provided laptop has RHEL6.2, with lot of programs to start up automatically, which makes the boot up process slow. While the machine boots up, there is the boring RHEL logo on the screen ...
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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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Can I change the font of terminal?

I have a Un*x OS installed without desktop, I wonder if it is possible to change the font of terminal.
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Tmux output is slower when vertical splits exist: why?

When I use Tmux and split the window into panes, I notice that programs are quite a bit slower to print out lines of text when there is vertical split (two panes side by side) than when there is a ...
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Change terminal resolution on Whiite (Wii Linux)

Is there a way to change the terminal resolution in Whiite (Linux for Wii)? All the answers I can find suggest editing grub configuration, but Whiite uses a custom bootloader instead of grub.
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Virtual terminal switched when USB mouse plugged in Linux

Our machine runs a modified RedHat 9 (Kernel Linux 2.6.20-1.21, GNOME 2.10.0). When USB mouse is plugged in, the X Window will always switch out, we have to switch back by Alt + F7. There is no such ...
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Construct a command by putting a string into a tty

I managed to do this echo -n "command" > /dev/tty1 The letters appear, and the cursor moves, but they are "ghosts" - if you hit enter, nothing happens (they are not in stdin). Edit: In the ...
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How do I restore my console default font, and why has it changed?

I'm using Lubuntu 11.10, and I use my console a lot. Today I discovered that its font was changed; specifically, this screen is from yesterday: and this is from today: First of all, any idea of ...
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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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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 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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wget images with certain path

im looking to only grab images from a document with a certain path for example domain.com/uploads/287167/file_name.jpg only grab those with the uploads/number/filename im currently doing it this ...
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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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Shutdown from login prompt in tty

Suppose I boot a Linux machine without GUI. When it displays a tty login prompt, can I shutdown the machine with a keyboard sequence? Of course I could type in my username and password and then sudo ...
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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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tty (console): disable monitor

In .xinitrc, I use xrandr --output LVDS1 --off to disable the monitor of my laptop (I always use a projector at school). But, before I log in with xinit, or when I temporary go to the console ...