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Old 08-31-2009, 05:34 AM   #1
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Does CTRL+ALT+F1 work as it should on Slackware64 13?

If I press CTRL+ALT+F1 to get to a terminal (eg. to install nvidia driver), sometimes I get the terminal screen but no cursor. So, I have to go back to X. My system boots up directly into X so I can't get to a terminal by logging out (I guess). Is there a way to make sure I can get to a full terminal screen?

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Old 08-31-2009, 06:20 AM   #2
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if you are in runlevel 4 there is only CTRL+ALT+F6

Log in as root and do
telinit 3
After your NVidia install you can either reboot or do
telinit 4
Old 08-31-2009, 07:08 AM   #3
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The fact that the gettys aren't started on tty 1-5 in runlevel 4 does seem to catch people out from time to time. One of my post-installation customisations is to edit /etc/inittab to add them all back into that runlevel.

Is the small amount of resource that the gettys would take really worth disabling them in runlevel 4? People do expect the login prompts to be there when they ctrl-alt-f?.

I'd suggest it's worth adding them back in by default to reduce the risk of confusion to less experienced slackware users who may not even know what a getty is.
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