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Virtual terminal/console

A virtual terminal or as sometimes referred to as the console is a command line environment that exists outside of your graphical user interface.

Why use virtual terminals

many people still prefer to work day to day in a virtual terminal for email, chat and even media players. The same functionality is still available through the Gnome Desktop using Gnome-terminal to simulate a virtual terminal and to run the same applications.

A console can also be utilised if something has gone wrong and you need to kill a process, read logs for troubleshooting or to remotely access other machines using SSH.

How do I find a virtual terminal

To access a virtual terminal environment press any of:

Control + Alt + F1

Control + Alt + F2 Control + Alt + F3 Control + Alt + F4 Control + Alt + F5 Control + Alt + F6

Any of the 6 virtual terminals will print the Vinux version, the hostname of your machine and the virtual terminal number such as:

Vinux 4.0 LTS Gigabyte tty1

Prompting for login: which is asking for your username, a valid user account must be provided on your machine to successfully login. Then you will be asked for a password, please note that as usual both are case sensative and there will be no indication that you are typing when inputting characters for your password.

How do I find the Desktop again

If you wish to return to your Desktop environment you may do so by pressing:

Control + Alt + F7
Control + Alt + F8 [if more than one user is logged into the Desktop]
Alt + left/right arrow key until finding the Desktop
virtual_terminal.txt · Last modified: 2013/07/03 14:27 (external edit)