Usplash and vt8

Peter Clark mla at
Sun Nov 13 12:29:37 UTC 2005

On Saturday 12 November 2005 11:32, Peter Clark wrote:
>     I'm not sure if usplash is at fault or what, but I have the following
> difficulty: I have my desktop on vt7 (of course) and my wife, out of long
> habit, is used to having her desktop on vt8. When usplash is not installed,
> there's no problem with that arrangement, but when it is installed, her
> desktop (started by KDE's Switch User->Start New Session) ends up on vt9.
> She's used to using the keyboard to toggle back and forth between desktops,
> so is there any way to make sure that tty8/vt8 isn't blocked from being
> used by X? Is it possible to use tty6 for the bootsplash and what not? That
> (by my way of thinking) would solve the problem.
    I grabbed the source to usplash and thought I had found the solution: I 
changed line 92 in usplash.c from "switch_console(8);" to 
"switch_console(6);". Unfortunately, this did not work. On a lark, I 
edited /usr/share/initramfs-tools/scripts/init-top/usplash and changed "for i 
in 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8; do" to "for i in 0 1 2 3 4 5 6; do" in the hopes that 
if tty8 isn't created by usplash, then it won't display on it. No joy, even 
after 'dpkg-reconfigure linux-image-$(uname -r)'. So, how do I get usplash to 
use tty6 instead of tty8???

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