[CentOS] cant swith to text mode consoles

Jim Perrin jperrin at gmail.com
Tue Nov 22 15:20:46 UTC 2005

On 11/22/05, Roger D Vargas <luo_hei at yahoo.es> wrote:
> After installing xfce I switched to runlevel 5 to have a graphic login.
> But The login box (and xfce) doesnt let me switch to text consoles with
> ctrl+alt+F key. Also, xfce is the desktop for root, but for normal user
> still is an ugly windows manager.
Not sure if this was a typo or not, but it should be ctrl+alt+F1 to
get the the terminal.

To my knowledge, switchdesk works only for the user who runs it. the
default desktop is controlled by /etc/sysconfig/desktop

Also, you should never log into an x session as root. In fact, beyond
initial setup, I disable the root account and use sudo when I need
access. But I'm probably a bit more paranoid than most.

Jim Perrin
System Architect - UIT
Ft Gordon & US Army Signal Center

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