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openvt - start a program on a new virtual terminal (VT).
openvt [-c vtnumber] [-s] [-u] [-l] [-v] [--] command command_options
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.
Use the given VT number and not the first available. Note you
must have write access to the supplied VT for this to work.
-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
-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 controlling terminal when
the command completes.
-- end of options to openvt.
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.
openvt can be used to start a shell on the next free VT, by using the
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
<email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org>. The -w idea is from "sam".
chvt(1), doshell(8), login(1)