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OPENVT(1)			   Linux 1.x			     OPENVT(1)

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

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

       openvt  will  find the first available VT, and run on it the given com‐
       mand 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.

       -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

       -e, --exec
	      Directly	execute	 the  given  command,  without	forking.  This
	      option is meant for use in /etc/inittab;

       -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.

       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.

       openvt can be used to start a shell on the next free VT, by  using  the

       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

       Earlier,	 openvt	 was  called  open.   It  was  written	by  Jon	 Tombs
       < or>.  The -w idea is from "sam".

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

19 Jul 1996			     V1.4			     OPENVT(1)

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