open



OPEN(1)                            Linux 1.x                           OPEN(1)




NAME

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


SYNOPSIS

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


DESCRIPTION

       open  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  envi-
       ronment 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.

       -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  open will switch back to the controlling terminal when the
              command completes.

       --     end of options to open.


NOTE

       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.


EXAMPLES

       open can be used to start a shell on the next free  VT,  by  using  the
       command:

       open bash


       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





SEE ALSO

       login(1), doshell(8), switchto(1).



AUTHOR

       Jon Tombs <jon@gtex02.us.es or jon@robots.ox.ac.uk>
       -w idea from "sam".



19 Jul 1996                          V1.4                              OPEN(1)

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