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Hello, I use FreeBSD mainly in CLI but I cannot figure out how to get more virtual terminals. When I punch in Ctrl + alt + F* (the star meaning ...
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    Multiple virtual terminals


    Hello, I use FreeBSD mainly in CLI but I cannot figure out how to get more virtual terminals. When I punch in Ctrl + alt + F* (the star meaning a number such as F4 or something) it does nothing. There was one part in the install where it asked me if I wanted to change virtual terminals or something but I cannot remember now. Thanks for the help.
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    Ok, all you have to do is ad more statemants to /etc/ttys.
    Copy the last line and change the tty* to the next number. If you don't want to reboot you can run:
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    # kill -1 1

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    I'm a bit lost.. this is what I'm getting near the bottom of /etc/ttys:
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    ttyv0   "/usr/libexec/getty Pc"         cons25  on  secure
    # Virtual terminals
    ttyv1   "/usr/libexec/getty Pc"         cons25  on  secure
    ttyv2   "/usr/libexec/getty Pc"         cons25  on  secure
    ttyv3   "/usr/libexec/getty Pc"         cons25  on  secure
    ttyv4   "/usr/libexec/getty Pc"         cons25  on  secure
    ttyv5   "/usr/libexec/getty Pc"         cons25  on  secure
    ttyv6   "/usr/libexec/getty Pc"         cons25  on  secure
    ttyv7   "/usr/libexec/getty Pc"         cons25  on  secure
    ttyv8   "/usr/X11R6/bin/xdm -nodaemon"  xterm   off secure
    everything looks ok but "Ctrl+Alt+F2" doesn't give me a thing.
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    Oh, i thought that you wanted to add more tty's sorry.
    I don't get what the problem is, it should be fine to do [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[F2], but to be sure you could try the way you actually should do it with only [Alt]+[F2]. [Ctrl] is only needed to switch from X to console and in OpenBSD (and maybe some distros) but not in FreeBSD.

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    Alt+F* doesn't work.

    I think that Getty isn't working either.
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    Damn it!
    Try this and post the output:
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    dmesg|grep sc

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    Or ty using "vt100" console instead of "cons25", just replace "cons25" in /etc/ttys with "vt100".

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    Quote Originally Posted by nalg0rath
    Damn it!
    Try this and post the output:
    Code:
    dmesg|grep sc
    Code:
    $ dmesg|grep sc
    sc0&#58; <System console> at flags 0x100 on isa0
    sc0&#58; VGA <16 virtual consoles, flags=0x300>
    sc0&#58; <System console> at flags 0x100 on isa0
    sc0&#58; VGA <16 virtual consoles, flags=0x300>
    I'll also try out what you said on the second post.
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    Well the vt100 did something I think, simply because before I did it "Screen" would not work, yet now it does. I'm happy with screen nevertheless so it doesn't matter about the VT's. thanks for your time.
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