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Ending A Terminal Session

We can end a terminal session by either closing the terminal emulator window, or by en- tering the exit command at the shell prompt:

[me@linuxbox ~]$ exit

[me@linuxbox ~]$ exit


The Console Behind The Curtain

Even if we have no terminal emulator running, several terminal sessions continue to run behind the graphical desktop. Called virtual terminals or virtual consoles, these sessions can be accessed on most Linux distributions by pressing Ctrl- Alt-F1 through Ctrl-Alt-F6. When a session is accessed, it presents a login prompt into which we can enter our username and password. To switch from one virtual console to another, press Alt and F1-F6. To return to the graphical desk- top, press Alt-F7.

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