General Commands Manual
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
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.
-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
-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
-V, --version print program version and exit.
-h, --help show this text and exit.
-- end of options to
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
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
openvt was called open. It was written by Jon Tombs
<firstname.lastname@example.org> or <email@example.com>. The -w idea is
using mandoc for the conversion of manual pages.
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