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OPENVT(1) General Commands Manual OPENVT(1)

NAME

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

SYNOPSIS

openvt [-c vtnumber] [OPTIONS] [--] command

DESCRIPTION

openvt 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 environment variable $SHELL is used.

OPTIONS

-c, --console=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.
-f, --force
Force opening a VT without checking whether it is already in use.
-e, --exec
Directly execute the given command, without forking. This option is meant for use in /etc/inittab. If you want to use this feature in another context, be aware that openvt has to be a session leader in order for -e to work. See setsid(2) or setsid(1) on how to achieve this.
-s, --switch
Switch to the new VT when starting the command. The VT of the new command will be made the new current VT.
-u, --user
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, --login
Make the command a login shell. A - is prepended to the name of the command to be executed.
-v, --verbose
Be a bit more verbose.
-w, --wait
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.
-V, --version
print program version and exit.
-h, --help
show this text and exit.
--
end of options to openvt.

NOTE

If openvt is compiled with a getopt_long() 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 kbd