Ubuntu Servers :: How Many Terminals Can I Run?

Jan 7, 2010

i know the trick where u can press alt and f1 or f2 and so on to bring a new terminal screen.how many terminals can i run?
running 9.04 with no gui

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Ubuntu Servers :: "Multiple Terminals" On The Server's Console Screen?

May 25, 2011

I'm trying to learn to set up code and web hosting etc and learn about server admin so I've been resisting the urge to install a gui. However, I would like to know if there is some way to make the console (I think that's what its called - basically its like a single terminal window) have two "multiple terminals" similar to how I can open multiple terminals in the desktop version?

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Ubuntu :: Multiple Terminals Before X?

May 20, 2010

When i start my Ubuntu it doesnt go directly into xserver/desktop mode. This is because my machine is very slow. Therefor i exclusivly use the terminal. I only hate the fact that there is only one terminal and i cant switch between them. ctrl-shift-F2 doesnt work. How can i use multiple terminals before having logged into X?

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Ubuntu :: No Virtual Terminals On 9.10?

Jan 5, 2010

I found out that I do not have virtual terminals on my computer (Ubuntu 9.10). When I am trying to switch, say, to tty2 with Ctr-Alt-F2, I am getting a black screen with lonely cursor blinking in the upper left corner (no login prompt). my tty2.conf file is


# tty2 - getty
# This service maintains a getty on tty2 from the point the system is
# started until it is shut down again.


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Ubuntu :: Change Terminals On Ssh - View Same?

Jan 3, 2010

i don't even know if this is possible but if i had another terminal open on my linux box and i ssh it on my windows computer, is there a way to view that same terminal? I know ssh opens a new one but i want to see what that terminal is doing because i have stuff running on it.

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Ubuntu :: Can't Access Virtual Terminals

May 12, 2010

Using 10.04 on my laptop, but I can't access the virtual terminals (ctrl+alt+f1-f6). Instead I get a weird screen with apparently randomly generated lines, as they change each time I attempt to access them. (Sometimes it is just a solid color.) They also appear on shutdown/ switching user. I'm using a VIA VX800 chipset.

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Ubuntu :: Change The Resolution Of The Terminals?

Jun 1, 2010

In a tty (the terminal you access via CTRL+ALT+(F1-F6), is there a way to change the resolution? The text is freaking huge right now and I want to lowerit a bit.

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Ubuntu :: Switch Between Terminals With Ctrl + Alt +fX And Alt+fX?

Aug 27, 2010

after karmic to lucid upgrade i ve got problem with "alt + f4" key combination. This should only close window, but it closes window and switch to tty4 (text mode) like ctrl + alt + f4 so i can switch between terminals with ctrl + alt +fX and alt+fX. I've looked at System - Preferences - Shortcuts and there everything is ok. What i've to do to fix this ?

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Ubuntu :: Open Terminals At Startup?

Sep 12, 2010

I have Lucid Lynx (10.04) installed, and have this annoyance with various terminals and the Help Menu automatically opening at startup. So every time i boot up i get a screen full of open terminals:

1. Ubuntu Help Centre
2. File Browser
3. Desktop Terminal

I have tried looking at the Startup menu under Preferences but there is no entry for any of the above.

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Ubuntu :: Cannot Access Virtual Terminals On 10.4

May 13, 2010

If I press Ctrl-Alt-F1 to access virtual terminal I am getting frozen X session and no virtual terminals.

ps -ef | egrep 'tty[1-6]'


root 1024 1 0 22:58 tty4 00:00:00 /sbin/getty -8 38400 tty4
root 1028 1 0 22:58 tty5 00:00:00 /sbin/getty -8 38400 tty5
root 1036 1 0 22:58 tty2 00:00:00 /sbin/getty -8 38400 tty2


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Ubuntu :: Disabling TTY Terminals Using Xubuntu 10.10?

Dec 1, 2010

How would one disable the additional TTY Terminals in Xubuntu 10.10 so that there are not to many additional logins? I believe there are 7 total. I am trying to harden my system.

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Debian :: Get More Than 6 Terminals?

Apr 10, 2010

I switch between terminals using the combination of keys Alt+Fx (x=1... 6). I get only 6 terminals.
How can i get more than 6 terminals?

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Fedora :: Run Several Terminals In F15?

Aug 18, 2011

I firstly open one terminal. Then I try to open another terminal window through application list, but the terminal I opened beforehand turns up. I can open several terminals at the same time in Ubuntu, how can I realize the same function in Fedora?

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General :: Ubuntu - Spawn Multiple Ssh Terminals?

Nov 25, 2010

when i am logged into my server via SSH how can i spawn many ssh terminals? is there a xterm command for this?

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Ubuntu :: Switching Between Terminals Without Using Combination Keys?

Apr 14, 2010

This is it. Alt + Ctrl + F key won't work for me! I run kubuntu 9.10 on vmWare and what I want to do is to switch between virtual terminals. I tried Alt + Ctrl + F key combination and it only work once!, Say for example, I'm working in GUI on terminal 7(tty7) and I press Alt + Ctrl + F1 to go to tty1. It takes me to tty1 and I can login, then I come back to GUI using Alt + Ctrl + F7, but after that Alt + Ctrl + F1 doesn't take me back to tty1, no matter how much I try. What I can do is to press Alt + Ctrl + F2 and goto tty2 and without logging in, press Alt + Ctrl + F1 to goto tty1. And again, this won't work for a second time! This keeps happening to all the other terminals. Is there a command to switch between terminals?

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Ubuntu :: Not Having Background Images On Virtual Terminals

Jun 6, 2010

Has anyone had any success getting splashutils to compile on Lucid? Seeing as ftp://ftp.berlios.de/pub/ fbsplash/ debian/splashutils/ packages are getting a bit long in the tooth and trying to compile from source has been a headache.I miss not having background images on my virtual terminals

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Ubuntu :: 10.10 - Gnome Terminals Open At 80X23

Jul 8, 2011

In 10.10 I could open a terminal and it would open to the ordinary size 80x24. After upgrading to Natty, all my terminals open at 80x23 instead. Someone told me that it was due to the font size being large, but I don't want to use the obvious fix and decrease the font size. (I'm using the GNOME desktop, I hated Unity.)

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Ubuntu :: Extremely Slow Terminals In Virtualbox?

Mar 18, 2010

I'm running windows 7 on my laptop at work (I know, I know, but I have good reasons). In order to at least some of the benefit of Linux, I run Ubuntu in virtualbox. Things pretty much work great, except more often than not, gnome terminal is really sluggish. It seems like a simple program - I can get videos to play fine, why can't I type text. I installed xterm, and it has the same problem.

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Fedora :: Can't Start Two Terminals In F15?

Jul 25, 2011

In my new install of F15, I can: Activities -> Applications -> Terminal to start a terminal. I am unable to start a second terminal if the first is still running. I don't have any problems creating as many terminals as I like with F10. How do I create more than one terminal in F15?

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General :: Keep A Layout Of Terminals?

Mar 27, 2011

Is there a way to "save" a layout of terminals on Ubuntu?Let's say I have 4 Terminals on a workspace that I'd like to save/restore at will, how could I do this?UPDATE:create gnome-terminal desktop entryedit the preferences and under "Title and Command" be sure to set "Keep initial title" for "When terminal commands set their own titles"use wmctrl (available on universe repo) to control windowUsing the above procedure, one can create as many desktop profiles for gnome terminals and control them by "title" using wmtrl -R $title_here.The profiles are kept under ~/.gconf/apps/gnome-terminal/profiles.

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Software :: Moving A Job Between Terminals?

Sep 14, 2010

i'm not at all a newbie, but this has been a mystery to me in the last 10 years, since no FAQ/tutorial/anything about UNIX CLI seems to talk about it. so what i'd like to do, is start a job (e.g. wget stuff, which takes a long time) on tty1, background it, and foreground it on tty2. or start it on my server via ssh, background it, log out, and foregroud it when i log back in. i know how to bg and fg stuff, but that only works while the shell is running.

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Ubuntu :: Login Prompt - Virtual Terminals Not Working?

Feb 6, 2010

Usually I get a login prompt on Ctrl+Alt+F[1-6], but now I just see a blinking cursor in all of them, along with some boot messages in the first virtual terminal.

fsck from util-linux-ng 2.6
init: bootchart main process (462) terminated with status 2
init: bootchart post-stop process (474) terminated with status 127
/dev/sda2: clean, (integer)/(integer) files, (integer)/(integer) blocks
init: ureadahead-other main process (870) terminated with status 4

What's even weirder about this is that I uninstalled bootchart a few months ago. Whether that's related or not is beyond me, but the virtual terminals did stop working somewhere around that time. I solved this by reverting to my original /etc/network/interfaces file. Without the loopback "lo" device, the runlevel was never set, and virtual terminals never loaded.

This should be somewhere in the interfaces file:
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

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Ubuntu Installation :: Ttys Virtual Terminals Vanished?

May 13, 2010

I am using 9.10 and my ability to "ctrl + alt F-dey" to a ttys shell no longer is available after running an update. 10.04 has the same bug. Getty is installed and I can not figure out what happened.

How do I get ttys back?

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Ubuntu :: Adjust Screen Alignment For Virtual Terminals?

Oct 4, 2010

When I installed 10.04 in April, I started having all sorts of problems with my Virtual Terminals (CTRL-ALT-F*). First they were inaccessible completely, then they were there, but not visible, i.e. I could use them to login and run commands, but there was no screen output, then they were gone again, and the fight just went on and on. I just recently got this functionality back after months just messing around, testing different peoples solutions, and really just not being afraid to break the whole thing. Ultimately, it boiled down to nVidea graphics driver problems.

However, now I notice that outside of gdm, the screen is not aligned properly. It seems to be about 2 characters to the left and several lines lower than it should be on VT1-VT6, while gnome is aligned perfectly. I can use my screens auto-adjust to fix the problem, but when I switch to another terminal, the problem comes back. It's not really a huge deal, but after all this trouble, I really just want them to work the way they are supposed to work. Does anyone know of a way to set the screen alignment via software, or am I just stuck dealing with it?

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Debian Configuration :: TTY Terminals Flickering

Aug 19, 2015

I just installed Stretch on my laptop and I have a problem with the terminals. The system loads fine on KDE and I can use it without issues. However, when I switch to the tty terminals, they move very fast horizontally and slowly vertically as if there is some sync frequency issue. Then if I move back to KDE most of the time it works ok, while some others it starts flickering like the terminals.

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Debian Configuration :: Terminals Gone / Get It Back?

Feb 22, 2010

Running Debian Squeeze and when I try to switch between gnome and a system terminal ctrl-alt-f1(etc) I just get a black screen. Any thoughts? I'm using the radeonhd xorg driver but don't think that should affect it.

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Fedora :: Virtual Terminals Not Working / What Ot Do?

Jul 13, 2009

Whenever I boot my machine into runlevel 5 (X support) I can't get to any of the virtual terminals. If I do a ps and grep for mingetty I see terminals 4-6 are running. But ctrl-alt-f{4-6} just put me to a blank screen. If I hit alt-f1 I get back to X. I've found that if I start tty2 by running "sudo mingetting tty2" I get the following error in /var/log/messages: mingetty: tty2: no controlling tty: Operation not permitted. I am not using selinux and have noticed that /etc/inittab no longer has the ttys. The reading I have done thus far says it's started by gdm but I don't really see a lot of info about controlling them. Any ideas on this?

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Fedora :: Terminals Opening In ~/Documents Instead Of ~

Aug 25, 2011

Graphical terms and xterm start up in ~/Documents. Konsole starts at ~ (as expected). I know I'm missing something (probably long forgotten) but I can't seem to find where the Documents is coming from in the other terms. I thought xterm ALWAYS started in the user home. Is it a bash thing? I have a ~/.bashrc with


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OpenSUSE :: PackageKit Messages On The Terminals?

Mar 14, 2010

I always get messages like those below in my terminals, that obfuscate my typing.

How can I get rid of them (updated opensuse 11.2)?

I already reconfigured syslog to move PackageKit messags to a separate file (because the messages appeared in /var/log/messages too, and I hoped that was the source).

I'm ok with seeing severe error messages on the console, but not spam like PackageKit started..., stopped...

Message from syslogd@job5 at Mar 14 00:29:46 ...
PackageKit: what-provides transaction /1130_cceaeeed_data from uid 1000 finished with success after 5203ms
Message from syslogd@job5 at Mar 14 00:30:06 ...
PackageKit: daemon quit


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General :: Vim Copy-paste Across Terminals?

Jan 19, 2011

The usual vim yank and paste works only in the same window (but does work across files and close/save commands). Is it possible to make it work across terminals (yank from window in one terminal and paste in another) and if so, how?

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