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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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