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catkin 09-14-2009 02:37 PM

Slackware 13: virtual terminals under VirtualBox with no right Ctrl key?
Hello :)

How can you change virtual terminals in Slackware 13 running under VirtualBox when the keyboard has no right Ctrl key?

This is very similar to my post on the VirtualBox forum but I don't know if it's a VirtualBox problem or a Slackware problem (or a combination of the two).

According to hs123 in this LQ post, VirtualBox provides simulation of sending Ctrl+Alt+F1 etc. to Linux guests to switch amongst virtual terminals. This is normally done using right-Ctrl+Fn, but what about when using a keyboard without a right-Ctrl key?

I found out how to do it by by pressing the left Windows key + Fn when running ubuntu 8.04.2 in a VirtualBox 3.0.4 VM but that is not working for Slackware 13 running in a VirtualBox 3.0.6 VM.

VirtualBox Guest Additions are installed on Slackware and tested using root (no ordinary users set up yet). As prompted during VirtualBox Guest Additions installation, /usr/bin/VBoxClient-all is called from root's .xinitrc.

Virtual terminals are running:

bash-3.1# ps -ef| grep agetty | grep -v grep
root      2962    1  0 Sep14 tty2    00:00:00 /sbin/agetty 38400 tty2 linux
root      2963    1  0 Sep14 tty3    00:00:00 /sbin/agetty 38400 tty3 linux
root      2966    1  0 Sep14 tty4    00:00:00 /sbin/agetty 38400 tty4 linux
root      2969    1  0 Sep14 tty5    00:00:00 /sbin/agetty 38400 tty5 linux
root      2971    1  0 Sep14 tty6    00:00:00 /sbin/agetty 38400 tty6 linux

Mmm ... ?


SOLVED! Pressing the key defined to VirtualBox as the "Host key" and F<n> at the same time switches Slackware virtual terminals. Not having a right-Ctrl key (VirtualBox's default "Host key") I have defined the "Menu key" as "Host key" so Menu+F<n> does the biz :)


Except for <Host key>+F1 which brings up VirtualBox Help instead of the console :(



catkin 09-15-2009 07:36 AM

Dummy reply to suppress zero reply bumpage.

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