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Old 02-18-2008, 01:47 AM   #1
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Workspaces X and text - how to switch between them. VMware

I have VMware 5.5 and am trying to install VMware tools on an Ubuntu 7.10 guest.

What I read indicates you can't install them in X.

I also read you could switch out of X into a text workspace to install them there. The keys to do this in this case are CTRL-ALT SPACE, then let go of space only, and press an FKey. You get a logon at a text screen.
eg. F1 gets tty1

But unfortunately, I have no description of how to return to X

Do you know how, what keystroke sequence, or am I completely out of X and have to reboot, and if so how to I do that from one of these text workspaces.
(I'm not currently logged in at one of them).

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Well, I'm not so sure about space, but CTRL-ALT-Fkey takes you to a terminal (an F-key lower than 7). Then, typing CTRL-ALT-F7 will bring you back to X.
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You can also use chvt command.
Type: sudo chvt 1
on a terminal to go on tty1 and on tty1 type: sudo chvt 7 or sudo chvt 8 to get back to X.
Old 02-18-2008, 05:01 AM   #4
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CTRL-ALT SPACE, releasing SPACE only, then F7
did the trick!

I tried it with F8, and it doesn't, and I'm not sure what it's doing - chron, boot scripts etc
Will whatever looked like it was running there still be running since I switched away from its workspace? (and how to stop it if it is)


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