How to COPY and PASTE content from tty (virtual consoles) ?

Asked by Navin Talati on 2012-10-23

It is known that Ctrl+Alt+F1 to F6 opens respective tty/virtual consoles from GUI and again through Ctrl+Alt+F7 one can swith back to GUI. I need to learn/know that which commands are used to COPY and PASTE the output content from vertual console to a file in the BUI ?

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you can redirect the text to a file and access it in the GUI, you could also install xclip and redirect the text to that. It should then be accessible in the X desktop.

Navin Talati (n-m-talati) said : #2

I am very weak in technical aspects. Please guide me that How to Redirect the Text ?
Suppose I have run some commands in virtual console and I want to report its output to you. But I do not know how to copy the terxt, and paste on the , say launchpad question information message space.

The only way I can think t do it is to copy the text in the desktop and paste it to a file, then you can cat the same file in TTY1 and use it. If you are wanting to copy commands and run them you can pres CTRL+ALT+T and you can paste to the terminal easily and run the command there. Is this what you are wanting to do?

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #4

There is no tool to copy/paste text from a virtual console (ctrl-alt-f1 etc.)

The only thing you can do is redirecting the output to a file.

supposed you want to execute the command

ls -l

when you add "| tee filename"


ls -l | tee ~/myfiles

you will see the output on the screen, and at the same time create a file named myfile in your home directory containing the same information. Later you can use the command cat ~/myfiles to show the contents again and again.

You have to be careful, because you might overwrite other information if you use the file name of a file that already exists.

Navin Talati (n-m-talati) said : #5

O.K. Sir.
Your reply has provided me the real information and exectly what I wanted to do.
I practiced on this command and found resultantly very useful.
With best regards.
Navin Talati / 27-10-2012