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Bug#517138: Difficulties after pressing Ctrl+Alt+F2 to enter console after selecting a graphical install

Please reply to the BTS and not to people privately!

On Thursday 26 February 2009, you wrote:
> On 2/26/09, Frans Pop <elendil@planet.nl> wrote:
> > On Thursday 26 February 2009, Samuel Thibault wrote:
> >> M. McGowan, le Wed 25 Feb 2009 17:01:58 -0500, a écrit :
> >> > When I select a graphical install, regular or expert, and press
> >> > Ctrl+Alt+F2, at first things appear fine. However, when I press
> >> > Ctrl+Alt+F1 to re-enter the graphical install, the graphical
> >> > installation is no longer visible,
> >>
> >> Yes, the graphical installer is not on VT1, but on VT7.
> >
> > It's on VT5 actually.
> >
> >> Maybe we should add some text documenting that on VT1.
> >
> > That's not really possible given what VT1's function is.
> > It's documented in the installation guide.
> Where?
> 6.1, which focuses on the regular installer, not the new graphical
> one, says that the installer is on VT1 and the console log is on VT4.
> http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/ch06s01.html.en

Correct. The description of the graphical installer in the manual could be 
integrated better. For now you have to look in the appendix.

> D.6, which focuses on the new graphical installer, says the installer
> is on VT5 and does not mention VT1 or the console log.
> http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/apds06.html.en

Right. So here it *does* mention the installer is on VT5. To quote:
"To switch to another console, you will also need to use the Ctrl key, 
just as with the X Window System. For example, to switch to VT2 (the 
first debug shell) you would use: Ctrl-Left Alt-F2. The graphical 
installer itself runs on VT5, so you can use Left Alt-F5 to switch back."

VT1 is not mentioned because it does not contain any info relevant for 

> Also, if I do, for some reason, press Ctrl+C in the console log during
> the first installation step, should it behave differently than if I
> press Ctrl+C during any other step? That is, is hanging expected
> behaviour under those circumstances?

I don't think pressing Crtl-C is defined at all for the installer. I have 
no idea what it would do at various point except that I'd not be 
surprised if it will screw the install. Don't press Ctrl-C.


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