Who is messing with Ctrl-Alt-F{1,2,3,4,5,6} ?

Joan Advincula mj.advincula at gmail.com
Wed Sep 25 05:25:19 UTC 2013

I thought that was normal. It happens to me even in Ubuntu. I freaked the
first time it happened but I discovered that Ctrl + Alt + F7 takes me back.
My session is still there.

- Joan

On Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 9:22 PM, Richard Elkins <richard.elkins at gmail.com>wrote:

> There are emergencies (E.g. hosed desktop) when one would like to gather
> evidence and find out who is doing what to whom -or- who is waiting for
> whom.  I have always used Ctrl-Alt-Fn to break out of desktops for this
> purpose.  I would have found this quite helpful in writing up a bug report
> yesterday.
> Unfortunately, it seems that I cannot do this in Xubuntu which is, of
> course, XFCE4-based - at least in the later releases.
> When I press Ctrl-Alt-F1/2/3/4/5/6, my keyboard and mouse are no longer
> functional although the screen is still there.  Is the screen hiding the
> tty login prompt?  My getty sessions are running as evidenced by `ps ax |
> grep getty` in a terminal window.
> Fortunately, when I press F7, I am taken back to normal desktop operation.
> Could anyone shed some light on this?  I really would like to learn what
> component(s) are causing this anomalous behavior.  And, I'd like to fix
> this if possible.  Again, if it is my @#$%^&!!! Intel D2550MUD2
> motherboard, I am going to sue Intel into insolvency!  (-:
> Thanks,
> Richard
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