Re: Newbie Tips: Will, you asked.....
On Mon, Jul 30, 2001 at 02:21:18AM -0700, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> on Mon, Jul 30, 2001 at 12:47:22AM -0500, will trillich (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
> > On Wed, Jul 25, 2001 at 10:36:12AM -0700, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> > > From the better-late-than-sober dept.
> > >
> > > ...there's also 'chvt' which allows directly targeting any virtual
> > > terminal:
> > >
> > > $ chvt 1
> > > $ chvt 100
> I showed an example of switching to the 100th virtual terminal just to
> show that it's possible to switch to a VT that can't be addressed in one
> keystroke (e.g.: <F1>-<F12>.
> In reality, most people will have fewer than 100 VTs. My current
> session has 63 VTs, and this may be larger than what's compiled into the
> kernel by default (I believe it's a compilation setting). A better
> example might show some lower, but useful, number.
> The second issue is that, by default, there isn't much to see above the
> first half dozen or so VTs. Default init runs a getty on VTs 1-6, and X
> usually grabs VT 7. You can fill other consoles (I dump logging output
> to VT 12, for example), but you have to fill them -- there's nothing
> there by default.
> I'll leave as an exercise to Will how to boil all this down to a
> meaningful newbie tip ;-) I think the current one may be a bit
> > --
> > DEBIAN NEWBIE TIP #89 from Karsten M. Self <email@example.com>
> > :
> > HOSED YOUR X SESSION (but not the entire system)? Try 'chvt'
> > which allows directly targeting any virtual terminal:
> > $ chvt 1
> > $ chvt 100
> > If you can still ssh in remotely, running 'chvt 1'
> > re-establishes your console on the box, or confirms that the
> > display is fuxnored. (Try "apt-get install console-tools" to
> > get it.)
i think it's a Good Thing to show a newbie something that's
likely to be thinking outside the square (so to speak, or at
least expanding the default horizons) so that they'll have a new
concept to pursue now and then.
if you like, i can change the tip from "chvt 100" to "chvt 7" or
"chvt 39" if you like. (go ahead, be picky. it's your tip. :)
DEBIAN NEWBIE TIP #88 from Jesse Goerz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ever wondered WHAT DOCUMENTATION IS ON YOUR SYSTEM?
Ever wondered if there was an easy way to browse it?
apt-get install dhelp
or for those running the testing distribution, try
doc-central as well.
Also see http://newbieDoc.sourceForge.net/ ...