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How do you switch TTY's in the web-console?

Hi all,

I need to access the config of my server in web-console. However, for some reason I end up in the boot screen (the list with all the services being started), so I need to be on another TTY and I don’t know how.

I tried ctrl-Fn, alt-Fn and ctrl-alt-Fn combo’s, but no success. What am I missing?

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@EmilJacobs - I believe if you just ssh as root and give it a password using passwd, you could get a login prompt at the DO console (but still stick to no password logins via ssh). See this tutorial on ssh and look for the section on enabling a password for root on the console.

Yes, the SSH session works fine, but was not an option on the machine I posted the question on as I had no SSH keys with me (I disabled password login for security reasons). So, there is nothing wrong with the boot (the website is up, I can SSH in just fine from a machine with the keys).

How would I check if password authentication is disabled on the local machine? I suppose this isn’t the same as having it disabled on the SSH server as I happen to work just fine in the web console on another droplet which has the same SSH setup.

After your linux distro boots, you should see a login prompt on the DO web console. Two main reasons you might not get a prompt is that the boot process failed, or password authentication is disabled. Have you tried SSH to your server instead of the DO web console?


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This question was answered by @gndo:

After your linux distro boots, you should see a login prompt on the DO web console. Two main reasons you might not get a prompt is that the boot process failed, or password authentication is disabled. Have you tried SSH to your server instead of the DO web console?

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