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    Ok, I've read this: Virtual Consoles in Linux

    Are there any other practical uses of the Virtual Console?
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    Quote Originally Posted by riderplus View Post
    Ok, I've read this: Virtual Consoles in Linux

    Are there any other practical uses of the Virtual Console?
    Switch to a virtual console whenever X doesn't respond, log in and kill X from here, for example.
    Log in as a different user or root in a another console to perform some task, other example.
    Switch to a virtual console and start another X session (has to be on another screen), other example.
    Install a video driver from console when it's not possible under X (which would propably imply to kill X first), among other examples.

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    Super duper!
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    Default Re: Virtual Console Practicalities

    Quote Originally Posted by please_try_again View Post
    Switch to a virtual console whenever X doesn't respond, log in and kill X from here, for example.
    Log in as a different user or root in a another console to perform some task, other example.
    Switch to a virtual console and start another X session (has to be on another screen), other example.
    Install a video driver from console when it's not possible under X (which would propably imply to kill X first), among other examples.
    I found today in the morning an inciting app (well, inciting to me...) called fbi. It does NOT work on pseudo tty-s (such as xterm or konsole or yakuake), only on Linux native virtual console, but using the Linux framebuffer it allows you to see jpeg/png files directly from CLI. So just CTRL+ALT+F(2/3/4...) and then
    Code:
    fbi /location/of/my/jpeg/file
    ...there you go, the image is displayed.

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