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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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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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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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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How to increase the speed of a text console (kernel mode setting)?

On a Fedora 17 system (i915 hardware) KMS works out of the box - and using the console (i.e. Ctrl+Alt+F2 etc.) is very framebuffer-like. To the point that scrolling through a man page or cat log-files ...
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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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How can I pass function keys to htop in a tty?

I'm trying to use htop in tty1. However, some of the function keys don't appear to work as normal. F1 and F2 do nothing, and F3 seems to trigger setup (which should normally be triggered by F2). In ...
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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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How to check who is logged in on the currently active virtual terminal?

I want to collect statistics about who is using a computer and for how much time. I can use the users command to see who is logged in but I want to know who is on the currently active VT. I don't care ...
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How to startup FreeBSD in console mode

I have recently installed a VMware image of FreeBSD, although when I boot up I get the message: Welcome to DesktopBSD, select from the following options: http://i.imgur.com/VWahL.gif The trouble is ...
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What stream does perf use?

What stream does the perf command use!? I've been trying to capture it with (perf stat -x, -ecache-misses ./a.out>/dev/null) 2> results following http://stackoverflow.com/q/13232889/50305, ...
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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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tmux: shared session, one user in a pane, another in another pane, two different cursors

I've decided to try tmux: have been reading the docs and googling around, trying to find a way to have two users sharing a session, each with a different cursor. However, giving 777 permissions to ...
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TERM=(linux|xterm) vi in an xterm or the AAABBBBBBCCDDD-problem

Usually when I want to run vim in a desktop konsole session, I make sure the TERM variable is set to linux as the arrow keys don't work in insert mode with TERM=xterm. They show capital A..D instead ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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RHEL7 text-only installation

I want to install RHEL7 in purely text-only mode. Although I added the inst.text and inst.cmdline kernel option (since I want it to install from kickstart) it still requires more than a console as it ...
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Changing TTY font to a non-default font

I found two ways to change the TTY font: dpkg-reconfigure console-setup editing /etc/default/console-setup Either way I'm limited to the fonts in /usr/share/consolefonts (I'm using Debian). How ...
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How can I capture an OpenBSD install console?

So.. How can I save the text that is based on Q/A's when installing an OpenBSD 5.3? Or I only have the choice to manually type the texts down? or an OCR software using printscreens?
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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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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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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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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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Where can i find any information about ancient doshell(8)?

I check the openvt manual by running "man openvt" command, and i found doshell(8) under "SEE ALSO" section: But there's no manual if i do "man 8 doshell": I checked the online manual at ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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Can I use two sets of I/O devices for two user sessions on one computer?

I want to connect a second monitor, keyboard and mouse to my PC (running Ubuntu) and let somebody else (e.g. my son) use the a different TTY while I am working. I know I can switch between TTYs using ...
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netcat doesn't work as expected when detached from console with nohup (Ubuntu/Debian 64bit)

I'm trying to leave netcat running and close the ssh session (even stop the ssh daemon). But it then exits before all of the data is written. I'm testing in a non-ssh (local) console: nohup nc -l -p ...
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How to change the USB keyboard layout in an OpenBSD console?

I may be abusing the word console but I mean the mode without X i.e. pressing ^+Alt F1 and then log as other user where I want to use my chosen layout with USB keyboard. X works, it configures the ...
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Caps lock doesn't take effect on all letters

I have a laptop running Debian Jessie with only the Linux console (X server not installed). On this laptop caps lock doesn't take effect on the special Danish characters æøå (I just get æøå instead of ...
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Boot graphical application straight from Linux bootup (without verbose boot messages and desktop)

Is it possible to boot from minimum Linux core(Linux/Android) to an application (preferably created in interchangeable platform languages such as C# – Mono / GTK / Java / C) without any verbose ...
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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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Keys for copy & paste in FreeBSD console

How do I copy paste text inside the FreeBSD console? I tried ctrl + c, ctrl + v super + c, super + v I have FreeBSD 10.1 installed in VirualBox on a Mac. I am selecting text with the mouse in ...
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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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Output shutdown messages to multiple consoles

I have configured my system to direct console output on boot to serial and vga using kernel parameters. Serial is the last argument in the kernel parameters and will be the default used for ...
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add monitor to linux tty framebuffer

Whenever I use my laptop at my desk, I usually connect it to an external display on DP-1. To switch the window manager output to this display, I can just use xrandr --output DP-1 ... However, ...