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

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

       openvt [-c vtnumber] [-s] [-u] [-l] [-v] [--] command command_options

       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.

       -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

       -v     Be a bit more verbose.

       -w     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.

       --     end of options to openvt.

       If  openvt is compiled with a POSIX (GNU) getopt() and you wish to set options to the com-
       mand 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:

       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

       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".

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

19 Jul 1996				       V1.4					OPENVT(1)
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