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Old 08-03-2007, 05:46 PM   #1
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Ctrl+Alt+F1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7


I am using the fedora 7. And as per my understanding Ctrl+Alt+F1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 should invoke the CLI mode but that is not happening. I am trying to learn commands through CLI but the combination of keys does not comes up with any thing. So any ideas.

I am using Linux as guest OS with Vmware workstation. I do have terminal to execute the commands, but why would the Ctrl+Alt+F1 work?????

Old 08-03-2007, 05:50 PM   #2
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You can only do it if your /etc/inittab allows it in the current runlevel. If you have
c1:1235:respawn:/usr/sbin/qingy tty1 --disable-lastuser
c2:1235:respawn:/usr/sbin/qingy tty2 --disable-lastuser
c3:1235:respawn:/sbin/agetty 38400 tty3 linux
c4:1235:respawn:/sbin/agetty 38400 tty4 linux
c5:1235:respawn:/sbin/agetty 38400 tty5 linux
c6:12345:respawn:/sbin/agetty 38400 tty6 linux
The 1235's are the ctrl+alt+f* screens. That means that I can only do it for f1, f2, f3, and f5 in my current runlevel. ctrl+alt+f1 is mainly for kernel messages once you log into an xsession.
Old 08-03-2007, 06:08 PM   #3
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Well this is what i have in mine
1:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty1
2:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty2
3:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty3
4:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty4
5:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty5
6:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty6

Also the Vmware uses the Ctrl + Alt for managing the cursor control, so can I change the command to launch the CLI console

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Old 08-12-2007, 06:04 AM   #4
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The problem is because CTRL+ALT passes control from the guest to the host in VMware. I've had the same thing running FC5 / 6 inside VMs but never tried to resolve it because there is a simple work around - running the terminal from the menu.


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