openvt



OPENVT(1)                          Linux 1.x                         OPENVT(1)




NAME

       openvt - start a program on a new virtual terminal (VT).


SYNOPSIS

       openvt [-c vtnumber] [-s] [-u] [-l] [-v] [--] command command_options


DESCRIPTION

       openvt  will  find the first available VT, and run on it the given com-
       mand 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
       environment variable $SHELL is used.

   OPTIONS
       -c vtnumber
              Use  the  given  VT number and not the first available. Note you
              must have write access to the supplied VT for this to work.

       -e     Directly execute  the  given  command,  without  forking.   This
              option is meant for use in /etc/inittab.

       -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
              or -l.

       -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 openvt will switch back to the  controlling  terminal  when
              the command completes.

       --     end of options to openvt.


NOTE

       If  openvt  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.


EXAMPLES

       openvt  can  be used to start a shell on the next free VT, by using the
       command:

       openvt bash


       To start the shell as a login shell, use:

       openvt -l bash


       To get a long listing you must supply the -- separator:

       openvt -- ls -l




HISTORY

       Earlier,  openvt  was  called  open.   It  was  written  by  Jon  Tombs
       <jon@gtex02.us.es  or jon@robots.ox.ac.uk>.  The -w idea is from "sam".



SEE ALSO

       chvt(1), doshell(8), login(1)



19 Jul 1996                          V1.4                            OPENVT(1)

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