OPEN(1) Linux 1.x OPEN(1)
open - start a program on a new virtual terminal (VT).
open [-c vtnumber] [-s] [-u] [-l] [-v] [--] command command_options
open will find the first available VT, and run on it the given command
with the given command options, standard input, output and error are
directed to that terminal. The current search path ($PATH) is used to
find the requested command. If no command is specified then the envi-
ronment variable $SHELL is used.
Use the given VT number and not the first available. Note you
must have write access to the supplied VT for this to work.
-s Switch to the new VT when starting the command. The VT of the
new command will be made the new current VT.
-u Figure out the owner of the current VT, and run login as that
user. Suitable to be called by init. Shouldn’t be used with -c
-l Make the command a login shell. A - is prepended to the name of
the command to be executed.
-v Be a bit more verbose.
-w wait for command to complete. If -w and -s are used together
then open will switch back to the controlling terminal when the
-- end of options to open.
If open is compiled with a POSIX (Gnu) getopt() and you wish to set
options to the command to be run, then you must supply the end of
options -- flag before the command.
open can be used to start a shell on the next free VT, by using the
To start the shell as a login shell, use:
open -l bash
To get a long listing you must supply the -- separator:
open -- ls -l
login(1), doshell(8), switchto(1).
Jon Tombs <firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com>
-w idea from "sam".
19 Jul 1996 V1.4 OPEN(1)
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