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Old 04-10-2009, 11:06 AM   #1
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Multiple "terminals"

Hello there
I'm running a slimmed down debian lenny, without a desktop enviroment - (on an oooooold PC, that's just suppose to try and playback some mp3s in the corner with mpg123.)
I'm currently tranfering my entire music collection to the internal harddrive - and when I instinctly pressed [ctrl] [alt] [f2] to get a free "terminal", there was nothing - nutting. Is this a gnome (/kde/xfce) feature to keep these virtual terminals on the f[1-6] keys? Or is it possible to enable that without a desktop enviroment?
Old 04-10-2009, 11:34 AM   #2
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Hi Nafie,

Have a look in /etc/inittab. In my installation of Debian, there are six lines:
1:2345:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty1
2:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty2
6:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty6
So here, VTs 2-6 are only available in runlevels 2 and 3. Solution could be either to change your default runlevel, or modify inittab (add your current runlevel to the section immediately after the first colon).

Last edited by Robhogg; 04-10-2009 at 12:03 PM. Reason: colon, not column!
Old 04-10-2009, 11:44 AM   #3
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By the way, inittab has also a man page, for further reference.


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