Got my console back thanks to the tech gurus at Tektonic. I was working on the problems caused by my botched upgrade, and managed to lock up the console running sshd -D; ^C and ^Z did nothing. Just hitting keys, I found that ^O followed by another key brought up the message: SysRq : HELP : loglevel0-8 reBoot Crashdump tErm Full kIll saK showMem Nice powerOff showPc unRaw Sync showTasks Unmount. So I did ^OI (control-O followed by I) and it killed all tasks and brought me back to the login prompt. Awesome. Never seen that before. To me, ^O always meant to drop output.

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