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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Clearing the “old” scrollback buffer

This might seem to be a duplicate question but it isn't. I know that I can use printf "\033f" to clear the scrollback buffer of the "current" session but that doesn't work for old sessions. My ...
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Emacs - Strange Whitespace

(I posted this same general question here on StackOverflow thinking it had something to do with my emacs configuration, but after following a comment there, I think it is exclusive to urxvt) My ...
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Customizing console appearance [duplicate]

I recently made this thread about disabling the lightdm auto start. I got the solution I wanted, but some things are really unpleasant. For example when using ls directories are colored dark blue ...
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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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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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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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why cannot read /dev/console after reboot AIX

I use < /dev/console when running Micro-Focus cobol programs in background cron jobs instead of < /dev/null because then we don't get an warning about the input file not supporting ioctl. The ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 do I prevent system information from being displayed on a terminal?

I'm working on a curses GUI that is supposed to start up automatically on boot-up in the default linux terminal (I have no X server installed). I have this working great, but I have a problem where ...
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Fix terminal after displaying a binary file

I'd tried command cat with an executable file: cat /bin/ls Now I can't read any word in this terminal (Linux console). How can I fix 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 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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Can I run xvfb on a console-only debian system?

I need to be able to run firefox on a console-only debian system, and I want to run it using xvfb. The command I have been using to run it on my regular debian system is: $ xvfb-run firefox & ...
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how do I save my buffer in vi without exiting?

how do I save my buffer in vi without exiting? .
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incorrect lines display in ssh console

I have problem with my console drawing lines. The problem is when I connect through ssh to server everything draws ok. But when I use up arrow key to show last used commands it often leaves few ...
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Installing video driver on Arch Linux

I have Arch Linux installed in console mode on an Intel-PC machine. My task is to write and run an OpenGL display program on the machine to check whether it meets the following conditions: It would ...
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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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How do I change the screen font size when using a virtual console?

Using LDXE and Ubuntu, I can log into a virtual console 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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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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How to find files with a certain subpath?

I need to find all xml-files that are placed in folders named config. Also config must be somewhere under a folder named trunk. For example, I am interested in all files like below: ...
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How to set default console keyboard layout in Arch Linux?

Whenever I reboot my computer I have to set the keyboard layout in a console again with loadkeys. Is there a way to change the default keyboard layout that is loaded everytime the computer boots?
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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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Scrambled Xen Console on dom0

I installed Xen using the recommended procedure on Ubuntu's site using motherboard Supermicro X7SBL-LN2 and Ubuntu 13.04 amd64. After the installing it and rebooting my console looks like this: ...
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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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RHEL:Change Screen Resolution of Virtual Console

I am working on a RHEL 6.3 Workstation. And the monitor is a HD AOC Monitor. Problem I am facing is whenever this machine starts up, it runs with maximum screen resolution. It is a big screen and ...
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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 and 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 ...