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openvt - start a program on a new virtual terminal (VT).
[-c vtnumber] [OPTIONS] [--] command
will find the first available VT, and run on it the given
with the given
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.
- -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
If you want to use this feature in another context, be aware that
has to be a session leader in order for -e to work. See
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
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
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.
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
It was written by Jon Tombs <email@example.com
The -w idea is from "sam".
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