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How to get command line

When piaware starts, it stops on the welcome screen. How do I get to the Debian command line prompt (alt-F2 does nothing).

Welcome! Can you provide a screenshot of what you see? Does Alt-F10 bring up System Logs?

Can’t do a screenshot or get the logs. I got to a Linux prompt once, but can’t figure out how I did it. Just stuck on the piaware welcome screen.

maybe the GUI is loading then and it does not fit to your screen?

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Doubt it. Not helpful.

I’d just suggest to use SSH / Putty.

For Beginners - How-to SSH to RPi - Setup Putty in Windows

Otherwise you could just use Raspbian Lite and install piaware: https://flightaware.com/adsb/piaware/install

Anyhow you might want to just debug the issue but i thought i’d offer 2 work-arounds.

Finally figured out what was going on (even though it’s now moot). I was using the piaware, which doesn’t boot to the linux command line or desktop the way Raspian does, and the right-side alt key, which for some reason, wasn’t registering with the RPi. The left-side alt-F2 works as designed. I somehow stumbled on that by chance.

Thanks for your responses.

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