Linux "open" Command Line Options and Examples
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openvt will find the first available VT, and run on it the given command with the given command options, stan‐ dard 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.
openvt [-c vtnumber] [OPTIONS] [--] command
Command Line Options:
Use the given VT number and not the first available. Note you must have write access to the supplied VTfor this to work;
open -c ...
Force opening a VT without checking whether it is already in use;
open -f ...
Directly execute the given command, without forking. This option is meant for use in /etc/inittab. Ifyou want to use this feature in another context, be aware that openvt has to be a session leader inorder for -e to work. See setsid(2) or setsid(1) on how to achieve this.
open -e ...
Switch to the new VT when starting the command. The VT of the new command will be made the new currentVT;
open -s ...
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;
open -u ...
Make the command a login shell. A - is prepended to the name of the command to be executed;
open -l ...
Be a bit more verbose;
open -v ...
wait for command to complete. If -w and -s are used together then openvt will switch back to the con‐trolling terminal when the command completes;
open -w ...
print program version and exit;
open -V ...
show this text and exit.
open -h ...
NOTEIf openvt is compiled with a getopt_long() and you wish to set options to the command to be run, then you mustsupply the end of options -- flag before the command.EXAMPLESopenvt can be used to start a shell on the next free VT, by using the command:openvt bashTo start the shell as a login shell, use:openvt -l bashTo get a long listing you must supply the -- separator:openvt -- ls -lHISTORYEarlier, openvt was called open. It was written by Jon Tombs <email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org>. The
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