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    Command:

    open

    
    
    

    SYNOPSIS

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

    DESCRIPTION

           openvt  will  find the first available VT, and run on it the given com-
           mand with the given command 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.
    
           -f     Force opening a VT without checking whether  it  is  already  in
                  use.
    
           -e     Directly  execute  the  given  command,  without  forking.  This
                  option is meant for use in /etc/inittab.  If  you  want  to  use
                  this  feature in another context, be aware that openvt has to be
                  a session leader in order for -e to work.  See setsid(2) or set-
                  sid(1) on how to achieve this.
    
           -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 openvt will switch back to the  controlling  terminal  when
                  the command completes.
    
           --     end of options to openvt.
    
    
    

    NOTE

           If  openvt  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

           openvt  can  be used to start a shell on the next free VT, by using the
           command:
    
           openvt bash
           Earlier,  openvt  was  called  open.   It  was  written  by  Jon  Tombs
           <jon@gtex02.us.es  or jon@robots.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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