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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)



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