start a program on a new virtual terminal (VT).
see also :
chvt - login
[-c vtnumber] [OPTIONS] [--] command
add an example, a script, a trick and tips
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
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 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;
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 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 setsid(1) on how to achieve
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
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
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 was called open. It was written by Jon
Tombs <jon[:at:]gtex02.us[:dot:]es or jon[:at:]robots.ox.ac[:dot:]uk>. The
-w idea is from "sam".