My virtual terminals have vanished. Has anyone seen them?

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My virtual terminals have vanished. Has anyone seen them?

Postby jiml8 » Nov 1st, '20, 06:30

I just updated - something I am becoming very reluctant to to - and right before I did the update I realized my virtual terminals have disappeared.

I don't know when they vanished because I only try to use them when I need them. And, until a little while ago, I have not needed them for awhile. I suspect they have been missing since the last time I updated, which was about 2 months ago.

so, ctrl-alt-F2, etc gets me nothing.

I went looking, and discovered the /etc/ttys file no longer exists. I also looked in /etc/X11 for evidence that they are defined there. I grepped for "tty" and "vt" in /etc and did not find anything useful.

I can hunt for hours, or I can ask.

Does anyone know where my virtual terminals might have gone? Probably some config issue in that noisome systemd...
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Re: My virtual terminals have vanished. Has anyone seen the

Postby doktor5000 » Nov 1st, '20, 17:04

Could be. The getty processes are spawned on-demand by systemd when you switch to a tty. Or at least that's how it should work.
Although sometimes when your first getty / the tty for your X session does not start properly, switching also does not work.

I'd suggest you check for
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systemctl --all|grep getty

There's a getty@.service which is instanced for each tty, so by default you should have a loaded but inactive getty@tty1.service (because that's where X runs).
Check that for some documentation pointers, e.g. systemd-getty-generator or or maybe
What I can recommend and what we had previously by default IIRC, is this: ... /dev/tty12 (that will not directly help with your issue although it might prove useful to check if something is wrong or something is not spawning due to reason XYZ)

Also check if there are any overrides below /etc/systemd/system/getty*service.d/ or with systemd-delta and in /etc/systemd/logind.conf.
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Re: My virtual terminals have vanished. Has anyone seen the

Postby jiml8 » Nov 5th, '20, 21:12

Well, here is what systemd says:
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systemctl -a | grep getty
  getty@tty1.service                                                                                                                   loaded    inactive   dead      Getty on tty1                                                                                                 
  getty@tty2.service                                                                                                                   loaded    active     running   Getty on tty2                                                                                                 
  getty@tty3.service                                                                                                                   loaded    active     running   Getty on tty3                                                                                                 
  getty@tty4.service                                                                                                                   loaded    active     running   Getty on tty4                                                                                                 
  getty@tty5.service                                                                                                                   loaded    active     running   Getty on tty5                                                                                                 
  getty@tty6.service                                                                                                                   loaded    active     running   Getty on tty6                                                                                                 
  system-getty.slice                                                                                                                   loaded    active     active    system-getty.slice                                                                                                                                                                                                         loaded    inactive   dead      Login Prompts (Pre)                                                                                                                                                                                                             loaded    active     active    Login Prompts             

So it does appear that systemd is starting the gettys.

I thought it perhaps was the nvidia binary blob, so I updated to the latest one. I had to SSH into the box to install it because I tried to telinit 1 from my user session, and did not get a console, just a blank screen.

So, via SSH, in installed the latest nvidia driver and rebooted. The box did not come up correctly so I rebooted again. This time it came up, and I had my virtual consoles, but did not have X. So, working from a virtual console, I installed the nvidia driver again, then started sddm.

The moment sddm started, I got my GUI and lost all my virtual consoles.

And that is where I am at right now.
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