Paul Sutton

console

FreeBSD 7

Further to my previous post I have been on IRC #freebsd in order to ask about what would be good to use for taking screen shots of desktop applications for example.

Scrot : is easy to use and you cam use this to take a picture of the whole screen, this will be useful going forward with these posts.

pkg install scrot

For basic usage just type scrot at the console or in a terminal window.

I have also installed simpleviewer, with

pkg install simpleviewer

However running this at the cli did do anything, you need to find the actual binary executable for this.

info -lx simpleviewer

reveals sviewgl as the program you need to run.

I am now pretty much set up for taking screenshots and being able to view then.

#bsd, #desktop, ##freebsd, #twm, #screenshots, #graphics, #viewing, #console, #gui

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Console / terminal File viewer

One of the nice things about forums, IRC etc, is you get to find out about all sorts of software that is really useful. Sometimes this just seems to address fit what you want.

One such example is a program called view

manpage description is:-

mcview – Internal file viewer of GNU Midnight Commander.

You can use view to view pdf files, or rather the text content within, which is pretty good, very useful if compiling $\LaTeX$ with pdflatexfor example.

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You can also use view on a png graphics file, however this just displays information about the file, for example resolution. Again useful from the terminal / console at least.

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#console, #file,#view,#pdf,#linux


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If you would like to try out different desktop environments on a GNU / Linux based OS then Debian offers a tool called tasksel. This will make it easier to choose a different desktop environment for example.

You need to run this as root.

#tasksel

which presents you with the following.

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The tasksel tool runs as part of the text based installation routine but post install you may want to change something without having to resort to using synaptic or other graphical package manager or even using apt from the linux terminal or console.

You can also opt to install a webserver or ssh server.

#Linux, #debian, #console, #software, #choice, #install

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Following a conversation on the Mosaic browser. I decided to try and view my personal Journal blog in the Lynx console browser. Screenshot below.

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The blog works really nicely on Lynx. I can navigate, select links and the various static pages. Lynx does not display pictures or other media, but this is fine. It should display the alt text data though.

This at least allows my website to be viewed in other browsers at least, not that I can see people moving en-masse to text based browsers.

Lynx can be installed with apt install lynx as root user of course.

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#blog, #linux, #console, #browser, #text, #lynx, #Mozaic

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Note: This is related to a previous article on booting to the console published on 3/1/2020

With a standard Linux install the fonts on the console (this is the login you get with CTRL-ALT-Fn) are usually small, this is fine in some cases as most people don’t work from the console. However there may be times when you want to work directly at the console and not bother with a Graphical user interface.

I have worked out how to do this and there are some screen shots below to illustrate the process.

This applies to Debian 10 and others, you should consult assistance if you are not sure what you are doing

As root you need to enter dpkg-reconfigure console-setup

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Once you have done this you need to type

setupcon

to activate the changes

You need to type this at the console. Typing in a terminal gives the following message.

setupcon: We are not on the console, the console is left unconfigured.

#Linux, #console, #fonts

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With most Linux systems, you boot in to a Graphical desktop. There are situations where you want to perhaps use a pure console.

While you can switch to a console with CTRL-ALT-Fn keys. If you want to set your system so that it boots directly in to a console you can do so via the instructions at the site below.

I have a spare netbook set up to boot in to the console.

Please see this link for instructions

A similar post was on my original blog. I am reposting here to keep the information available.

#Linux, #boot, #console

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