I am connected to the RPi via SSH with PuTTy

To start the GUI on the PiTFT I run the following command on the PuTTy terminal:

FRAMEBUFFER=/dev/fb1 startx -- -dpi 60

Now, I want to use the PuTTy terminal to run python scripts but can't because the GUI proccess is running on the terminal.

How do I have access to the PuTTy terminal while the GUI is running?

  • Try adding & with a space after the command (startx -- -dpi 60 &).
    – goldilocks
    Dec 6, 2015 at 18:45
  • I wish it worked, but it didn't :/ Dec 6, 2015 at 19:45
  • As in X (the GUI server) doesn't run properly? This is rather odd as it works for me using ssh and an HDMI output. If you are saying the command doesn't return, you typed it wrong or need to hit enter a couple of times to get the prompt back. I don't use PuTTy but I don't think that should matter as it's the shell on the remote machine, not the terminal emulator, which is responsible.
    – goldilocks
    Dec 6, 2015 at 19:52

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You can use screen It allows you to run commands (eg startx) in virtual terminal and then deattach from it and use PuTTY normally.

To install it use these commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install screen

and then to start new session use

screen -S qwerty

you can use any command there and then press ctrl-a and d to deattach from session. Processes running inside the screen will not be terminated even if you disconnect from ssh.

If you want to get back to screen use this:

screen -r qwerty

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