cntrl-alt-F1 ... how to get back?

Tom H tomh0665 at
Tue Aug 3 17:15:54 UTC 2010

On Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 11:28 AM, Cybe R. Wizard
<cyber_wizard at> wrote:
> On Tue, 3 Aug 2010 08:51:45 -0400
> Tom H <tomh0665 at> wrote:
>> vt7 is the standard gui vt, so vt8 is your gui vt either because you
>> have customized your setup or because you are hit by a bug whereby if
>> you log out and log back in, vt7 is not free because it still has a
>> stray process attached to it and the next available vt, vt8, is used.
>> So if f7 doesn't work, try f8, f9, ...
> Would that customization be stored in the /home or /home/<me>
> directory?  Those are the only things left from my old installation
> since I finally installed afresh instead of continued to upgrade.
> Otherwise, how could I tell if an old stray is attached to vt7?

The customization would have been in /etc/... so keeping /home when
re-installing wouldn't have kept it.

IIRC, you have to kill console-kit-daemon (it restarts), deallocvt 7,
restart gdm, to be back on vt7. Not really worth the work though.

IIRC, my "f9" above is incorrect because I now remember that I was
puzzled when I read about this that gdm would move from vt7 to vt8 but
not further.

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