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Take a screenshot of a login screen

Terminal - Take a screenshot of a login screen
chvt 7 ; sleep 2 ; DISPLAY=:0.0 import -window root screenshot.png
2010-08-20 17:28:49
User: camocrazed
Functions: chvt sleep
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Take a screenshot of a login screen

when using Gnome or KDE, you will have a hard time getting a screenshot of something like a login screen, or any other screen that occurs before the desktop environment is up and monitoring the printscreen key. (this probably applies for other DEs as well, but I haven't used them)

What this command is meant to do is take a screenshot of an X window using a command you can run from your virtual terminals (actual text terminals, not just an emulator) To do this:

Press CTRL+ALT+F1 to go to a virtual (text) terminal once your login window comes up

Login to the virtual terminal and enter the command (you'll have to type it in)

You should now have a file called screenshot.png in your home directory with your screenshot in it.

For those of you who are new to the virtual terminal thing, you can use CTRL+ALT+F7 to get back to your regular GUI

From http://www.gnome.org

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Doesnt work. I get error: import: unable to open x server I guess I need to set XAUTHORITY but all my efforts have failed. I am using linux mint 13 kde . any suggestions ?

Comment by gmc 43 weeks and 2 days ago

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