openvt(1) start a program on a new virtual terminal (VT).


openvt [-c vtnumber] [-f] [-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 current 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.
Force opening a VT: don't try to check if a VT is already in use.
Switch to the new VT when starting the command. The VT of the new command will be made the new current VT.
Switch back to the controlling terminal when the command completes. This is useful only with -w option.
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.
Make the command a login shell. A - is prepended to the name of the command to be executed.
Be a bit more verbose.
Wait for command to complete.
end of options to openvt.


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


Jon Tombs <[email protected] or [email protected]>


Earlier, openvt was called open. It was written by Jon Tombs <[email protected] or [email protected]>. The
-w idea from "sam".