I had some serious problems with a Gnome upgrade from 3.32.0 to 3.34.0. I missed out the upgrades done with apt full-upgrade and my gnome-shell did not start anymore.

However I wanted to fix this with a terminal being available on CTRL + ALT + F1 in the old days and I was told it was moved to the keys F3 and onwards.

However, it was not possible to reach this terminal with any of the Function-Keys from F1 to F12. Is there a change been made away from those keys?

How do I reach this terminal without a need of a GUI?

  Operating System: Debian GNU/Linux bullseye/sid
            Kernel: Linux 5.2.0-3-686-pae
      Architecture: x86
  • 1
    Is STRG the same as CTRL? The key combination to reach a tty in my experience has been CTRL+ALT+F(1-6).
    – kemotep
    Oct 18, 2019 at 12:11
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    @kemotep Yes, it's the same. CTRL is called STRG on german keyboards.
    – jake
    Oct 18, 2019 at 14:29
  • Maybe this might help.
    – jake
    Oct 18, 2019 at 16:41
  • @kemotep Yes, I fixed it. Thanks pointing it out!
    – nath
    Oct 18, 2019 at 18:10


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