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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for open (redhat section 1)

OPEN(1) 				    Linux 1.x					  OPEN(1)

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

SYNOPSIS
       open [-c vtnumber] [-s] [-u] [-l] [-v] [--] command command_options

DESCRIPTION
       open will find the first available VT, and run on it the given command with the given com-
       mand 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.

   OPTIONS
       -c 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.

       -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 or -l.

       -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 open will  switch
	      back to the controlling terminal when the command completes.

       --     end of options to open.

NOTE
       If open 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.

EXAMPLES
       open can be used to start a shell on the next free VT, by using the command:

       open bash

       To start the shell as a login shell, use:

       open -l bash

       To get a long listing you must supply the -- separator:

       open -- ls -l

SEE ALSO
       login(1), doshell(8), switchto(1).

AUTHOR
       Jon Tombs <jon@gtex02.us.es or jon@robots.ox.ac.uk>
       -w idea from "sam".

19 Jul 1996				       V1.4					  OPEN(1)


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