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OPEN(1) Linux 1.x OPEN(1)
open - start a program on a new virtual terminal (VT).
open [-c vtnumber] [-s] [-u] [-l] [-v] [--] command command_options
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.
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
-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.
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.
open 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:
open -l bash
To get a long listing you must supply the -- separator:
open -- ls -l
login(1), doshell(8), switchto(1).
Jon Tombs <firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com>
-w idea from "sam".
19 Jul 1996 V1.4 OPEN(1)
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