Linux have virtual terminals, one can switch between them with chvt 1, chvt 7 commands. Former is in the text mode, later is in the graphics mode.

I want to copy all the text from first terminal, with some utility from graphics mode.

fbgrab -c 1 ~/image.png saves an image, but in my case it is a transparent rectangle.

There is no ebuild for fbdump, so I can't check it. And actually I want some paste (as with wgetpaste -s gists), not a picture.

OS is Sabayon Linux with MATE DE on AMD GPU

I need this because my chrome browser starts to execute some js, and hangs the system (mouse cursor freezes), then there is a message in virtual terminal about crash in chrome plugin. I want to paste that message, but don't know how to do this.


You can get it from /dev/vcs1 (for the first virtual console (tty1)).

cat /dev/vcs1

But chances are those lines are also in a log file. (check /var/log/messages, /var/log/kernel.log, /var/log/syslog for a start).

You may also want to check the stdout/stderr of chrome which if you started it with your Windows manager, may be going to some file like ~/.xsession-errors.


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