CHVT(1)                    General Commands Manual                   CHVT(1)

NAME         top

       chvt - change foreground virtual terminal

SYNOPSIS         top

       chvt N

DESCRIPTION         top

       The command chvt N makes /dev/ttyN the foreground terminal.  (The
       corresponding screen is created if it did not exist yet.  To get rid
       of unused VTs, use deallocvt(1).)  The key combination
       (Ctrl-)LeftAlt-FN (with N in the range 1-12) usually has a similar

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                               26 January 1997                       CHVT(1)

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