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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The different ways of passing the arguments to console applications

Why do console applications get the arguments started with either: a) one dash (myapp -arg1 123; ls -al) b) two dashes (myapp --arg1 123; git push origin master --force) c) without dashes at all (...
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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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Desktop environment without greeter

I recently installed Arch Linux (for the first time) and now want to install a Desktop Environment. Since I really like the jus terminal feel and would like to keep a non desktop environment for all ...
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Linux root access recovery by booting on the console

This is my first question so bear with me please. So I have a concept in mind that I can't quite grasp. Very recently I recovered a root password for a Debian server by booting into single user mode. ...
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Refresh env variables after editing bashrc file

I frequently edited the .bashrc file to export new environment variables. Rather than close the console and start a new one to refresh the env variables, is there a convenient way to refresh?
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How to power down display on terminal?

I would like to power down/up my display from the terminal. Right now I have: setterm --blank force #wake setterm --blank poke Which gives a blank screen; but active screen (screen still receives ...
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How can I determine what is printing on my console?

how determine the owner of this output?? what is flooding my console? udev syslog syslogng? edit to accepted answer: I'll accept answer but... I don't use init instead I use systemd. kernel ...
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PDF-PRESENTER-CONSOLE + XQuartz

I am wondering when I try to launch pdf file (slides) with PDF-PRESENTER-CONSOLE (https://pdfpc.github.io). The XQuartz is launching in the same time, but I only get a black screen without the slides. ...
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Fresh Arch Installation - Terminal text completely unreadable just after boot

Update: Added additional text to identify which images are merely blurry, and which depict fubar text. My laptop is a Toshiba CB35-B3340. Also called a Chromebook 2, with part number PLM02U-009008. I ...
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Ctrl+Alt+F1 not working on vnc

I use a real vnc viewer to connect to my host machine. The host machine has linux in the GUI mode. I would like to switch between the GUI and the console mode, however the key Ctrl+Alt+F1 opens up my ...
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How do I permanently change the console TTY font type so it holds after reboot?

I'm running Ubuntu 15.04 64-bit Desktop Edition (A Debian based Linux). I used sudo dpkg-reconfigure console-setup from the command line to change the default console font type to Terminus. ...
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Disabling consoleblank on running systems without logging into the console

I have recently added consoleblank=0 to my kernel boot line in order to disable the console screensaver on hosts that are either VMs are are connected to some sort of KVM. This obviously only takes ...
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How and where is $TERM interpreted?

I'm wondering how some terminal magic works internally. While playing around with docker containers, the environment variable $TERM was not set. This led to strange-looking console applications like ...
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Accessing Console Of Ubuntu 16.04 KVM Guest

When I added Debian 8 to my KVM management tool, I found that I could not access the console unless I added console=ttyS0 to the grub boot configuration. It wasn't great but it worked. I am in the ...
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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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What is the difference between X11 keymapping and virtual console keymapping

In linux we have X11 which governors keyboard layouts but sadly any changes made there don't affect the system as a whole so in a tty you are left with standard qwerty no matter what your X11 ...
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Backspace and CTRL commands print question marks

I've run into a peculiar issue on a fresh gentoo install. Within the console, the Backspace key prints an adorable little question mark inscribed within a square instead of its intended function. Also,...
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Font getting reset in virtual console on GNU/Linux

I have set a custom font on my virtual console (vt1) using the following command: shell> setfont ter-114f If I switch to X (using Ctrl+Alt+F7) and come back to the virtual console (using Ctrl+...
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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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Show a notification across all running X displays

Using the command line, I'd like show a notification on every running X display. ( and running console ) Something like: notify-send-all 'Warning' 'Nuclear launch in 5 minutes, please evacuate' Is ...
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Switching to a virtual terminal is slow

When switching to a virtual terminal using e.g. Ctrl+Alt+F2, it takes about a second to switch. Not too horrible for something that's typically rarely used, but I would like to use it more and it's ...
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tty, console prompt customization?

My Arch based system directly boots to tty and i never use x system or gui. I want to change prompt or whatever which looks like [root@0 ~]#. I want to change it to current time 12 hours format and no ...
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Display images in console (curses)?

What approach can be used to display an image in a console (no X windows)? For example, I can use curses/ncurses to divide a console into different panes, but in some situations I would like to ...
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linux - show image on console / X11 [duplicate]

Is it possible to show an arbitrary image across the console / X11? In essence, I just want the video output to be the image. Is there a way to do that? I would want the console virtual terminals ...
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Turning off console output?

I have a Debian on beaglebone without an X server and I need to get rid of any console output to the framebuffer device. I was trying few things I found, like console=null or kernel argument vga=0, ...
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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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How do I output stderr/stdout of my script to both a file and the console?

I'm using Amazon Linux and writing a script in bash. I want to output both stderr / stdout (preferably in the order that they occur) to a file as well as the console. However, this command isn't ...
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Booting Into a TTY with No Graphics?

I'm a little new to this so I apologize if my question is hard to follow. I'm running Arch Linux, systemd as the init system, and I would like to boot into a plain TTY with no graphics. I've tried to ...
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Why does 8250 UART driver not wake up TTY if more than 256 characters are pending?

What is the motivation of this if-condition in void serial8250_tx_chars(struct uart_8250_port *up)? if (uart_circ_chars_pending(xmit) < WAKEUP_CHARS) uart_write_wakeup(port); It has been ...
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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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Some keys don't work in console (tty), but work in a terminal emulator [duplicate]

When I am am in virtual terminal and open my editor, I can use editor key shortcuts such as CTRL + Down and CTRL + Up to select lines (select block), or F5 and F6 to copy/move the selected block. ...
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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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Convert tty terminal output to plain text

I want to capture the text output of windows console app I run with wineconsole --backend=curses .... The app itself just uses boring stdio. Unfortunately, wine does a lot of escaping of the output, ...
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Best way to use a shell with Cygwin in Windows 7

I installed Cygwin, to be disappointed that bash by default runs within "cmd.exe". I googled around and found Console2. It's not a particularly well-designed application, as doing adjustments is ...
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Linux console can't display any language other than English while the terminal under Gnome can

I'm still new to Linux and Unix-like systems and I've tried to search on the internet about my issue. Unfortunately I don't get a feasible answer right now. My problem is that the console(tty) on my ...
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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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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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How to change keyboard layout for an specific virtual terminal?

I know that "loadkeys" is used to change keymaps on the console but when it changes the keymap settings it changes it for all virtual terminals. I looked at the man page and it mentions a "--console" ...
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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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Archlinux'es pacman + tee == unclear console IO [closed]

I have a small issue with capturing the pacman's IO with the tee utility. I try this command line: pacman -S group-1 group-2 | tee pacman.log And there is an issue: when the pacman query which ...
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Linux: console blanks to white

This problem happens on a laptop with AMD e-350 APU and built-in radeon HD 6310 graphics. It runs Slackware64 version 14.0. On the console (VTs), KMS is used with the radeon driver. The problem ...
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How can I show long console lines as paged view?

I'd like to print long console lines as pages which are below each other. For example AAAAAAABBBBBBBXX CCCCC DDDDDDDEE FFFFFFFGGGGG IIII should be displayed as AAAAAAA CCCCC DDDDDDD --- BBBBBBB ...
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Keyboard map changes with TTY

I'm Belgian, and so the keyboard layout on my CentOS 7 is be-latin1. I've set it up with # loadkeys be-latin1. Everything up to here is fine, my chars are all corrects. The thing is, when I switch ...
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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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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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Console that shifts down from top

How to make a shortcut that console is shifting down from top of the screen? I am using arch linux with xfce4. I want something like on this video: https://youtu.be/J3KiwoOxfkg?t=5m4s
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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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Attach framebuffer console(yaft) to existing tty(of own script)

I currently try to fiddle around with my android init ramdisk. One problem I'm currently trying to debug is that ADB in my new init won't start. The script works fine otherwise though, I used fbsplash ...
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How to reverse ESC and CAPS_LOCK on TTY

I'm looking for a way to swap Esc and Caps Lock on Linux virtual console. In X11, I can do this with setxkbmap -option caps:swapescape, but I don't know an equivalent in text mode. So, what can I do?