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 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.
Use the given VT number and not the first available. Note you must have write
access to the supplied VT for this to work;
Force opening a VT without checking whether it is already in use;
Directly execute the given command, without forking. This option is meant for use
Switch to the new VT when starting the command. The VT of the new command will be
made the new current VT;
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;
Make the command a login shell. A - is prepended to the name of the command to be
Be a bit more verbose;
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;
print program version and exit;
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 command:
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org or jon@ro-
bots.ox.ac.uk>. The -w idea is from "sam".
chvt(1), doshell(8), login(1)
19 Jul 1996 V1.4 OPENVT(1)