Terminal says "last login on console"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Will79, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. Will79 macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2014

    Normally when I open Terminal, it says "last login on ttys{a bunch of zeros}".

    Yesterday, it started saying "last login on Console" at a time where I never opened it. It's been doing it today too.

    What does it mean?
    (Yes, I did Google it, and to no avail.)
  2. ecschwarz macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2010
    I wouldn't worry about it - console is what you're supposed to be seeing. ttys is an old Unix-related notation of that (it's short for TeleTYpeS, back when you'd use an actual terminal to connect to a Unix machine). You'll see it when you have multiple windows or tabs open in the Terminal app.

    In other words, console is in most cases the initial one, and ttys### are subsequent virtual consoles. If you open multiple windows in Terminal, the last login number will increase.

    Similar question here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1222339

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