Fwd: [clug] More starting points

Duncan Roe duncan_roe at optusnet.com.au
Sun Apr 26 03:44:51 GMT 2009

The "official" way to change to a "mini-cli" is Ctl-Alt-F<n> e.g. Ctl-Alt-F6 or
Ctl-Alt-F2 as you mention. In this context, a "mini-cli" is actually a Virtual
Terminal (VT) running in text mode. X-windows itself runs in a VT so you can get
back to your desktop using Ctl-Alt-F<n> where n is 7 for me (Slackware distro)
but "Your Mileage May Vary"(YMMV).

Cheers ... Duncan.

When in a text-mode VT, Ctl-Alt-F<n> still works but you can use Alt-F<n> or
Alt-<left/right arrow> to change to another text VT or the desktop. Some
distributions only enable 1 text-mode VT when X is the default at boot time,
e.g. on my distro only VT6.

On Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 01:23:21PM +1000, Mike Carden wrote:
> And now to the list instead of just to Brad...
> > [Example: if you ever find yourself opening a terminal window to just run one
> > command, then maybe you could try the mini-cli.  Just press F2]
> I'm pretty sure that should be Alt-F2, at least it is on the KDE and
> Gnome machines running in front of me at the moment.
> Good set of links too Brad, ta.
> My favourite reference is still Root User's Tutorial and Exposition, RUTE:
> http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz
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