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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 command with the given command options, stan-
       dard 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.

       -f     Force opening a VT without checking whether it is already in use.

       -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  con-
              trolling 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 <jonATgtex02.es or  jonATrobots.uk>.   The
       -w idea is from "sam".


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



19 Jul 1996                          V1.4                            OPENVT(1)