Console, Terminal and Terminal Emulator

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    Console, Terminal and Terminal Emulator

    Hi,
    I know this may sound stupid, but what exactly are the relation and difference between console, terminal and terminal emulator?
    I am using terminal to type bash commands and run executables.It seems to me that console is associated with "console executables", console can appear in terminal if run the executable in terminal and if I click "console executables", the console windows will close before you can see them. Is terminal emulator same as terminal?
    Thanks!

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    If you're using X windows the terminal you're using is "branded" somehow, it sounds like you are maybe referring to some menu functions of the GUI.

    The console is managed by init, I think. It is actually a kind of device. I believe in the past this related to a piece of hardware but now they are all virtual. If you ever do anything outside X and the GUI, that's a console or "virtual terminal" with bash running in it. An X terminal is exactly the same thing.
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    Current ISO draft standard
    CCAN -- new CPAN like open source library repository
    3 (different) GNU debugger tutorials: #1 -- #2 -- #3
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    This has nothing to do with C programming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberfish View Post
    This has nothing to do with C programming.
    Well, if the OP is concerned somehow about this, I'm certain that C functions the same way with respect to these two things.
    C programming resources:
    GNU C Function and Macro Index -- glibc reference manual
    The C Book -- nice online learner guide
    Current ISO draft standard
    CCAN -- new CPAN like open source library repository
    3 (different) GNU debugger tutorials: #1 -- #2 -- #3
    cpwiki -- our wiki on sourceforge

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    Uhh. Beyond me. Fine.

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