Section: Linux 1.x (1)
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
- -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 <firstname.lastname@example.org
The -w idea is from "sam".