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Old 02-15-2005, 04:28 PM   #1
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more consoles

Hi! Is it possible to add more console logins in Solaris 10 x86 like it is in Linux and FreeBSD? The Problem is, when i make some configuration in the console, kdmconfig for example, and something hangs, i cannot switch to another console to kill the process. What i want is to switch with Alt-F2 Alt-F3 ... to other ttys. In Linux there is the /etc/tty (X on Alt F7)
How can i configure this in Solaris?
Old 02-15-2005, 06:15 PM   #2
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Well, you can't.
Virtual consoles used to be a Solaris for x86 feature, but ceased to be implemented from Solaris 8. Perhaps as being a security issue (eg. someone locked the screen but forgot he was logged in in a VC).

With Xorg, there is a way to kill the X server using a key combination (Ctrl-alt-backspace), but nothing like that with Xsun, as far as I know.

The alternative I use in that situation is to have my test host networked, and log-in remotely to correct the issue, but I understand this is not always doable.
Logging in through the serial port can work too, but is quite untrendy ...
Old 02-18-2005, 11:12 AM   #3
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I make it always, like you, i log in from another computer in the network and operate from there, but now i have also a standalone PC and it is not possible.

OK, thank you for your answer.


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