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Date:      Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:45:34 +0200
From:      Polytropon <>
Cc:        "James B. Byrne via freebsd-questions" <>
Subject:   Re: New question
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On Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:10:10 -0400, James B. Byrne via freebsd-questions wrote:
> How does one drop out of slim to the console? I installed FreeBSD-11
> on a spare laptop and I am having some difficulty logging on through
> slim.  I have installed mate and slim but when I run slim it prompts
> for a login and then fails with 'unable to execute login'; or
> something similar.
> However when this happens I do not know how to get out of the
> graphical logon screen without rebooting the system.

Solution A: switch consoles with Ctrl+Alt+PF1 / PF2 / PF3 / ...

Solution B: do A, followed by "killall -9 slim"

This of course doesn't work anymore when you're using sc "as"
the console driver, so you must use "vt". This _might_ indtroduce
new problems with character sizes, fonts, and locale support. :-)

Sidenote: In normal text mode, you use Alt+PF1 / PF2 / PF3 / ...
to switch between the virtual consoles, the "Print / Sys Rq" key
can be used to iterate through the consoles.

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

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