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Old 09-21-2010, 01:57 AM   #1
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What's difference and purpose for console and terminal?


Sorry I'm newbie and my english is too bad....
I'm confuse about different beetwen console and terminal in linux system? And what purpose them for? Thx
 
Old 09-21-2010, 02:22 AM   #2
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:26 AM   #3
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If those terms were used in a unix context, I guess that I would say that a terminal is a display and keyboard. And the console is a special terminal for system messages, rebooting, etc.

But these terms can have various other definitions. And this isn't really a c question, so I'm not sure what you are really asking.

shell:
* some command line interpreter that is run inside a terminal or console

terminal:
* today usually a terminal emulator like xterm, gnome-terminal,
konsole, earlier a term was connected to the "main" computer (to keep
terms simple) and as such just a frontend. If you don't understand,
don't worry those who work with this know what I meant

console (linux console):
* the thing you see when you hit strg+alt+f1, usually there are 6 of
them (F1 thru F6) and Xorg is on F7
 
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Originally Posted by prayag_pjs View Post
console (linux console):
* the thing you see when you hit strg+alt+f1, usually there are 6 of
them (F1 thru F6) and Xorg is on F7
(strg seems to be the same as CTRL)

I never tried that before! Neat! Thanks.
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For the OP: In day to day usage, persons tend to use the terms "terminal" and "console" and "command line" interchangeably to mean what in Windows is known as a "command window."

I use Slackware. It boots to a terminal or console with a command prompt. I login, then usually enter a command ("startx") to start the GUI, but I might do some stuff from the command prompt without ever starting the GUI.

In the GUI, I start a terminal emulator, such as Konsole or xterm, to open a window with a command prompt, from which I can do command line stuff. It's not a real console, because it's inside a GUI, but, really, who cares? it does the same things.

In either case, you can call it a terminal or a console or a terminal emulator and most persons will know what you mean. This is one area where I think some persons split the hairs too fine.
 
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Ya its crtl not strg ..
 
Old 09-23-2010, 12:28 AM   #6
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The <ctrl> is not required if you're not in X.

And to OP: the one runs within the graphical environment and the other does not. You can have systems without X installed and still have multiple consoles.

They both provide the same functionality: a command line
 
  


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