A command-line interface (CLI) is a mechanism for interacting with a computer operating system or software by typing commands to perform specific tasks. This text-only interface contrasts with the use of a mouse pointer with a graphical user interface (GUI) to click on options, or menus on a text user interface (TUI) to select options. The default command-line interface used by minix is Almquist shell (also known as A Shell, ash and sh) which was originally Kenneth Almquist's clone of the SVR4-variant of the Bourne shell; it is a fast, small, POSIX-compatible Unix shell designed to replace the Bourne shell in later BSD distributions.
|F1||Kernel processes table|
|F2||Processes memory maps|
|F5||Boot monitor parameters|
|F6||IRQ hooks and policies|
|F8||VM status and process maps|
|F11||Timing details (if enabled)|
|Shift + F1||Process manager process table|
|Shift + F2||Signals|
|Shift + F3||Filesystem process table|
|Shift + F4||Device/Driver mapping|
|Shift + F5||Print keys mappings|
|Shift + F6||Reincarnation server process table|
|Shift + F8||Data store contents|
|Shift + F9||Processes with stack traces|
Note: Function keys are only valid from the first console (ttyc0).