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Virtual console not opening on ctrl+alt+f7

asked 2014-02-06 21:04:56 -0500

vijaym gravatar image

updated 2014-09-28 21:32:41 -0500

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I am reading book "Linux Bible" and it says virtual console will open by pressing ctrl+alt+f7. It is opening when i press f2 to f6 but not f7. Does anyone know the reason?

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answered 2014-02-07 01:00:57 -0500

updated 2014-02-08 02:06:50 -0500

Some TTYs will spawn console sessions and some graphical sessions.

For example, if you lock the computer and someone else clicks "log in as another user" you'll end up with one TTY for each of those sessions and one for the login manager. F7 and F8 are traditionally reserved for these extra graphical sessions.

However, since systemd is dynamically spawning both graphical sessions and gettys just as you retarget TTYs, this could actually be a historical artifact that's been overlooked. I suspect that because the limit is 6 TTYs, it only works with the first six just to make them easier to find.

You can adjust this behavior in /etc/systemd/logind.conf with explanations in man logind.conf

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answered 2014-02-06 22:51:17 -0500

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Typically Ctrl - Alt - F7 and/or F8 return you back to the graphical desktop. If you boot to the cli rather than a desktop environment like Gnome or KDE you would get the behavior you are expecting. Here's a previous question and answer on this subject as well:

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I am getting GUI on ctrl+alt+F1, black screen on F7 and F8.

vijaym gravatar imagevijaym ( 2014-02-06 23:13:17 -0500 )edit

@randomuser please convert your comment to an answer. That's stands correct.

NickTux gravatar imageNickTux ( 2014-02-07 02:10:29 -0500 )edit

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