I have a bad keyboard on my laptop that I run Linux on. Function keys F1 and F7 and the Backspace key do not send keystrokes to the system. I have gotten used to pressing the left arrow, followed by DELETE in place of backspace, and I ignore F1 completely using the program menus to find options to make F1 unnecessary for me.
However, I'm having problems with F7. Alt-F7 should return me to the Xwindow environment after pressing Ctrl-Alt-F2 for a terminal window. It really bothers me that older linux systems used /etc/inittab to tell the system how many virtual terminals to start up and put the Xwindow after the last virtual terminal. With my jessie install I can't get the system to create a different number of virtual terminals.
I edited /etc/systemd/logind.conf uncommenting NAutoVTs=6 and ReserveVT=6, then changing the lines to read: NAutoVTs=7 ReserveVT=7
should have fixed the problem by moving the Xwindow to Alt-F8. After rebooting I discovered that this did not change anything. The Xwindow is still on VT7.
Next I tried editing /lib/systemd/system/getty.target.wants/getty-static.service. In the [Service] section I added firstname.lastname@example.org to the end of the ExecStart= line. When I rebooted the system I discovered that I now have a virtual terminal on tty8, but the Xwindow is still being loaded on tty7. Is there any way I can get the Xwindow to move to tty8 without reinstalling the system and going back to the SysV init method?
I enjoy tampering with improvements on the system, but sometimes they puzzle me greatly and make me wish it was still the 1990's and X hadn't been invented yet.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!