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If I press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to switch to the 1st terminal session, I have to give my username and password to log in. If I press Ctrl+Alt+F2, I have to repeat this process. Same for F3, F4, F5, and F6.

Is there a way that I can log into all of these terminal sessions at once? It's tedious to repeat this process if I want to use multiple terminal sessions.

  • Why not log in once and then use screen or tmux ? Multiple sessions in one console, and you can disconnect and reconnect as needed – ivanivan Jul 30 '18 at 21:56
  • Why not use a graphical desktop? Their terminal emulators usually have more features than the console (more colors, styles, larger scrollback, search functionality and a whole lot more), plus you can use other kinds of apps (e.g. browsers) in the mean time. (If it's a server with no graphical system: it's usually more convenient to manage it remotely over ssh, rather than sitting in front of it.) I consider the console as a worst-case fallback if things go really wrong in the system. What's your use case for having to or wishing to use the text console? – egmont Jul 31 '18 at 7:40
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If your virtual consoles are being provided by getty, you can add this do your systemd configuration to automagically log in as a specific user on all getty consoles. Note that this is hilariously insecure.

You'll have to make a new directory, /etc/systemd/system/getty@tty2.service.d (and another for each TTY beyond TTY2 for which you want this configuration change. In that directory, create an override.conf.

In /etc/systemd/system/getty@tty2.service.d/override.conf:

[Service]
ExecStart=-/usr/bin/agetty --autologin username --noclear %I $TERM

Please note that anyone who wanders up to your console will be logged in as you and able to do what they please.

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