Alt + F(#) - Multiple Consoles - Only for Commandline Linux?

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Alt + F(#) - Multiple Consoles - Only for Commandline Linux?

Postby EchoLynx on Sun Jul 13, 2008 8:31 pm

I am a Linux addict in training, and I was reading through the tutorial @ http://www.lowfatlinux.com/ and came across this line:
You can use virtual consoles to perform two activities in parallel. For example, I used one virtual console to write this section and another to test the commands as they were introduced. You can even use your mouse to cut and paste text from one virtual console to another. When you start your Linux system and get the log-in prompt, you're looking at console number 1. Go ahead and log in as root here; then press alt-F2. You should then see another log-in prompt. You can log in as user hermie on this console and then press alt-F3 to access a third console or press alt-F1 to return to the first console.


Trying this on my machine did not give me another console, but the option to run a program. Is this setup designed for older versions of linux, in a no-GUI environment?

-Ian

(I am guessing that's the case because of this further down the page:
Multitasking under Linux isn't really much different from having multiple windows active on a Windows or Macintosh system. The major difference is that if you've started multiple consoles, you can see only one at a time on the screen, though the others are still working away behind the scenes.
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Re: Alt + F(#) - Multiple Consoles - Only for Commandline Linux?

Postby msuggs on Sun Jul 13, 2008 11:01 pm

If you want to get to another console once you've started an X session you need to use ctrl-alt-f2, ctrl-alt-f3 etc instead of alt-f2 as you would if you were at a text based console login. Keep in mind that you will be taken to a text based console and be running programs from the command line.
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Re: Alt + F(#) - Multiple Consoles - Only for Commandline Linux?

Postby EchoLynx on Sun Jul 13, 2008 11:40 pm

Is CTRL ALT F7 the command to return to X in mint? It seems that it's the magic key combo for getting back to X after you get into the commandline interface.

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Re: Alt + F(#) - Multiple Consoles - Only for Commandline Linux?

Postby 900i on Mon Jul 14, 2008 2:39 am

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