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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
       environment 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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