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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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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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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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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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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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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Console: Can't type special characters (Ubuntu 14.04)

We have linux-based computers (Ubuntu 14.04.4) prepared by other company to use their software. We have root password. Those computers has no X Window System. Just consoles. There is a problem with ...
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Console timeout blanks to white instead of black

My hardware screen on my laptop turns white, when the console times out 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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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 /dev/...
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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, ...
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How can force my screen to unblank?

I've been doing a lot of looking around forums for different ways to unblank the screen. I am running embedded linux on a machine I have and I found out that the screen goes blank under certain ...
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Why CentOS 6 adjusts console width when running screen?

I run a console window through my PuTTY session. That console windows has a column width of 140. When I start the screen session, the console shrinks to 80 columns. I do not see this behavior on ...
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LDAP: view DIT structure from terminal

Can I get list of existing entries using any console utilities? For example - I can get a tree of my filesystem with tree: $ tree . ├── Catalina │   └── localhost │   ├── host-manager.xml │   ...
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badblocks and “end_request: I/O error” in output

I have 500GB disk in my toshiba laptop, I tried to do backup of files in this HDD but it failed few times (ubuntu just closed copying operation or unmounted disk during copying files). So I boot my ...
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Getty not starting in qemu

I'm trying to get running an ARM based Debian inside qemu. As a rootfs I'm using structure from embeddedarm 2gb sdcard image with versatile 2.6.24 kernel downloaded from fedora qemu tutorial site. At ...
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How to change temporarily font size in text console in openSUSE?

I found several answers already but all of them are focused on changing size for good, i.e. at Lilo/Grub level. I don't want this though. So, key issues: changing size on-fly, I would like to ...
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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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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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How can I retain the console input in mplayer when reading from stdin?

I'm playing around with the command line interface of mplayer. I'd like to script it in the following way find /some/path/ -type f | grep -vif blacklist | mplayer -shuffle -playlist - where ...
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Which systemd service starts text console on the framebuffer device?

I'm working with an embedded platform and need to have /dev/fb0 clear for my own use (the device accessible over serial console while the screen is used to display information, without X.). I've ...
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Cannot scroll terminal in Fedora CLI

I work on Fedora 17 entirely in CLI (or TUI) and I do not have a mouse. If I output something that is long I cannot scroll the lines. I tried Ctr+Up, Ctr+Shift+Up, Ctrl+A as some sites suggest but ...
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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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RHEL - shutdown a locked out system

I have a RHEL system which is locked out. I don't have the password of the system. If am able to shut it down or properly restart it, I can edit the kernel to have single mode and then reset the ...
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CentOS: Alert all desktop users from comand-line

Can someone tell me if there is an way to notify all online (Desktop) users from command-line. I know that if I want that I get notifyed when something is done, I just do like this: sudo apt-get ...
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autologin console as root on fedora

Can someone help to autologin in console text mode as root in fedora, usually I can do using script like this : /sbin/autologin.sh: #!/bin/bash 0</dev/$1 1>/dev/$1 2>&1 cat /etc/issue ...
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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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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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console displaying quote character from gcc wongly

After an upgrade to debian wheezy my text consoles displays questions marks where there should be quotes Under X I see things correctly window.cpp:1056:21: error: base operand of ‘->’ is not a ...
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mysql console, keeps outputting garbled text if 'b' key is pressed

mysql -u username -p mysql> Now in the console whenever I press the b key the screen goes berserk with garbled text: Google doesn't help here. Edit: using ubuntu 12.10 with xterm or the ...
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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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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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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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change terminal appearance according to server

I have 2 different serves (all running Linux) to which I connect via ssh . After login all terminal background looks same. I want to have different color theme or background for different servers. For ...
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Remapping Caps Lock to Compose

Because I now and then need to use scandinavian letters despite using US Dvorak as my layout, I would like to use Caps Lock as a compose key. (I don't need Caps Lock at all, I'm not a forum troll) ...
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How do I fix an “unknown chipset” error when booting Arch Linux?

I have a laptop with this hardware: intel i5 nvidia 820m graphics card 64bit system with uefi boot I burned the Arch Linux ISO to USB, and I am getting the option to choose Arch on booting the USB,...
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How to launch xev from console?

I am trying to launch Xev from console, it always gives "unable to open display", I need to launch xev from a console as another user (I use sudo -u '#1000' to do this). I know xev has a "display" ...
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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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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 it....
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How can I replace a tty using getty with qingy on ubuntu 12.04 or later?

Qingy is a getty replacement. I'd like to use it for a tty terminal on Linux Mint 15 (in hopes of getting tmux to get proper 256 colors in tty which fails with fbterm) which means replacing getty. ...
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Is many consoles in securetty file a risk?

I got a problem So I expect you can give me an answer. I have to evaluate the security of a RedHat server. The idea is review the /etc/securetty file to ensure that only the console tty is listed. But ...
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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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In a Linux system without X started, how do I assign the right windows key to the right control key?

I am working on a Linux system without X server, so I don't have Xmodmap to change keys on my keyboard. Since the keyboard attached to the Linux PC is a "windows keyboard" (if there is such a thing) ...
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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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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 ...