A representation of a device that asynchronously transmits and receives serial data.

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How can I pipe commands to any terminal?

I often use more than one terminal (or terminal emulator) at a time; and while in X I can copy-paste commands, besides not being very practical, it obviously does not work on the real TTY. The first ...
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Linux TTY Colours

I've had this issue for a little while now on a few machines, but never thought to ask anyone. Upon installing a new laptop the other day, and using the virtual terminal for a bit, I noticed that ...
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Why does the Linux virtual terminal support only 16 colors, by default?

Why does the Linux virtual terminal support only 16 colors, by default? Is there a particular reason for this?
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Re-ordering serial ports on a multiport card

I have a Red Hat Enterprise 6.2 machine with two on-board serial ports and a PCIe card with 8 additional serial ports (16C950 UARTs, 16C550 compliant). I've added the kernel option 8250.nr_uarts=10 so ...
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X11 forwarding through SSH

I have been playing around with X11 forwarding the past few hours and so far I've managed to forward my desktop pc's X Server to my laptop, using X11VNC as server and X2VNC as client. X2VNC uses ...
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Only met by a tty “login” prompt when booting Mint

I've installed Linux Mint 11 Katya (dual-booting with Win7) on my PC. After some problems with booting, I decided to use NeoGrub to add a Grub-based bootloader, configurable from within Windows, to ...
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Detect if running in a virtual terminal?

I'd like to autologin to tty1 on login and then use vlock to lock it. How can I detect from Bash if the current terminal is a console virtual terminal (e.g. tty1), so that I can put the vlock line ...
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how to re-enable input on a serial console

I have an old router which runs Linux and I'd like to have a serial console on. This used to work fine, but after a firmware update, I can now only get output on the console and cannot give any input ...
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Plymouth splash not working and causing VT problems

Since I tried installing Plymouth (boot splash), I'm facing two problems : It's not working My Virtual Terminals (tt1 - 6) aren't working anymore Here what I did : Added plymouth hook (after ...
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Weird escape sequence

I need help identifying what this escape sequences represents. I see this sequence is autogenerating on my server's console, but I'm not sure what is the reason for that. Escape sequence: ^[[[D I've ...
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Trying to understand how TTYs and PTYs work in CentOS 6.5? [duplicate]

I started to dig into the whole Linux pty and tty hell. I'm trying to understand how it works here in Linux so I was reading quite a lot of articles that covered this topic. So far I know: TTYs ...
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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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Can the empty spaces/background in a terminal be replaced with a random(but pretty) pattern of ASCII characters?

Context and Question There are many ways to colorize the terminal and shell environment. The output of individual commands, such as ls and grep, can also be colorized. Not directly related but ...
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How to switch tty with a script / cronjob

Is it possible to switch the current tty/vt with the help of a bash script or a cronjob? I only know the physical keyboard input "Ctrl-Alt-Fx". I would like to show two virtual desktops at different ...
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What is the maximum allowed number of TTY, is it defined anywhere in kernel headers?

What's the maximum allowed number of TTYs? I found pty.max, but is there anything similar for TTYs? Or is it defined as a fixed value in kernel headers, I couldn't find that
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Read what is written to /dev/tty*

How can I read what is written to /dev/tty*(* = 0 - number of tty)? I tried sudo tail -f /dev/tty1 on one terminal(X) and then sudo cp .emacs /dev/tty1 from another. X didn't show the the content of ....
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Change the number of generated /dev/tty devices

I'm building an embedded Linux system, based on Gentoo. Using udev, all tty devices are probed with a PROGRAM stanza to determine if they are a modem. Right now the system boots up with 64 /dev/tty*. ...
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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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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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Capture textual snapshot of pseudo terminal

My question is related to Keyboard and Console, but I want to do it for an arbitrary pseudo terminal, and not just the built-in Linux ones. Also, I'm not interested in a stream, I just want the ...
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How do you find what keys the “erase” and “line-kill” characters are in Ubuntu?

I'm new to Unix and have bought today a copy of "The Unix Programming Environment". I'm trying out the stuff from the book. But some of them are not working as expected like : To kill a line and re-...
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accessing stdin/stdout of a process started in another tty

I logged in to my linux physically(say tty1) and started a process that watches stdin for commands and has some stdout-put. How can I access/use this process from a SSH session?
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No Login on created on tty2 to 6

On my Debian Linux no Login is possible on terminals 2 to 6. Login on 1 works fine, xorg-session with XDM and awesome wm works, too. The Error Message shown on these 5 screens is: systemd-logind[...]...
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Making a tty9 on a openvz VE

I am in a virtual environment. I am installing Asterisk and freepbx. They use this script amportal and it has a requirement to check for tty9 there is alot of mention on folks running this in a VE ...
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Use case of providing file-like API to terminal/console

It was explained in this Stack Overflow thread that each logical terminal has a "pseudo-terminal", and that writing to one: $ cat some-file.txt > /dev/ttys002 will cause the data to appear in ...
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How to restore from a scrambled screen?

My screen is scrambled while reading some unexpected chars, It happens in a local tty, so logging out won't help. Any ideas? Hopefully I don't have to reboot
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Why does `last` show '{' and '|' in the TTY field?

We recently set up a new FreeBSD 7.2 machine on March 11. When looking at last, we noticed some funny characters for the TTY field. What do these characters mean? Note that at this time, the ...
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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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Is there a way to mirror USB outputs?

I'm currently writing a program for a project. It is for a braille reading system where I have a braille display connected via USB that is controlled by a program called brltty. One of the ...
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sudo askpass: ask from other tty

Context I want to setup rsync backups of my server, so I run the following command rsync -r -e ssh --rsync-path="sudo rsync" rsyncuser@example.com:/ /backup/ Ideally, that command would ask my ...
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Debian chroot blocking PTTYs on host

I've created a Debian-based chroot environment using debootstrap under Arch Linux, and fill it with life like this: #!/bin/sh mount -t proc proc $CHROOT/proc mount -t devpts devpts $CHROOT/dev/pts ...
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How to get 256 color support in a login shell TTY? [duplicate]

I want to experiment with a fully text-based environment, however, the only thing that is stopping me - is getting 256 colors so my Vim color schemes could work perfectly. When I enter a TTY by ...
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Take copy of TTY0 text

I have some output in TTY1 that I think might hold clues as to why my last GUI session froze (CtrlAltBackspace was able to get me back to the terminal and I reloaded the GUI). However, I cannot seem ...
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No room on ep ring?

I just switched to tty1, and I'm getting all kinds of output. It all looks like this: [timestamp] xhci_hcd 0000:00:14.0: ERROR no room on ep ring It's happening over 100 times per second, every 5 ...
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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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Root has no permission on virtual console screen devices

Even being root I can't do the following: # cat /dev/vcs1 cat: /dev/vcs1: Operation not permitted And the rights are set correctly: # ls -o /dev/ crw-r--r-- 1 root 7, 1 Aug 5 22:00 vcs1 ...
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Cannot figure out how to revert back to backed up profile file

Basically, I made a backup copy of my /etc/profile (or ~/.profile I can't remember exactly) file that executes as soon as you login to a TTY, and then I changed the one that was there, and now it ...
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How to disable respawn for terminal?

In old 5.3 rhel, we used to define the number of terminals and their respawn settings in /etc/inittab file as below. 1:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty1 1:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty2 1:2345:...
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Black screen TTYs1-6 (KDE)

Since I installed KDE and removed Gnome, when I switch to any TTY1-6 I got a black screen. Switching back to TTY7 works fine. I don't know why is this happening, but I guess that some needed package ...
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My process was killed but I cannot understand the kernel notice

I have a custom application running on an embedded x86 setup (built using buildroot and uClibc). The application has been running fine but this morning when I returned to work I discovered my process ...
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Start remote X session on local tty

I have access to two Linux boxes, both running X servers. Let's call them A and B. I do not always have physical access to machine A, though I can always access it remotely and I have admin access to ...
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Relationship among runlevels and virtual terminals (TTY)

When I switch from rulevel 5 to 3 (with init command) and I press CtrlAltF1 up to F7, I realize that now I’m on TTY1 instead of TTY7 and when I switch back to runlevel 5 I return back to TTY7. Why? ...
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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 can I set the TTY font size manually in Lubuntu? [duplicate]

I'm configuring some minimal Lubuntu installs, which will run within VMs. They do not have window managers, and I do not intend to install any. I would like to increase the TTY font size so that 4 of ...
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After upgrading to linux kernel 3.9, kde does not start correctly

I recently upgrade my debian from kernel 3.2 to 3.9. This leads to a strange problem. After booting to kernel 3.9, it directly goes to tty7 instead of kde login. I can identify that kdm is up and ...
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Getting no tty present and no askpass program specified when using git over ssh

I'm trying to push a git commit from my laptop to my server but keep getting the following error message: remote: sudo: no tty present and no askpass program specified To ssh://git@example.com/~/...
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Ubuntu cannot start from terminal

Ubuntu 12.04 By a mistake, I stopped lightdm. Then switched to tty1, and rebooted. Now, After startup, It just came a black screen with a cursor, can type nothing. I tried Ctrl+F1 to F12 (and Ctrl+...
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Creating a terminal device for interprocess communication

I'd like to know how to create a terminal device to simulate a piece of hardware connected through a serial port. Basically, tty device with a certain baud rate that can be read from and written to ...
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“w | tail” chops text at right margin (78 characters)

Summary: w | tail chops rows after 78th column. When I run the "w" command, it works as expected. However, when I pipe the output to "tail", it chops the output to 78 columns wide (truncates anything ...
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Can I access X11's clipboard from tty1-6?

Sometimes, when I'm running on battery and don't need a window manager, I'll log into tty1, fire up fbterm and Vim and work. Later, if I need the window manager, I'll use the log in GUI but switch ...