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

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  cur-
       rent 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;

       -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@ro-
       bots.ox.ac.uk>.	The -w idea is from "sam".

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

19 Jul 1996				       V1.4					OPENVT(1)
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