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SCRIPT(1)               FreeBSD General Commands Manual              SCRIPT(1)

NAME
     script - make typescript of terminal session

SYNOPSIS
     script [-akq] [-t time] [file [command ...]]

DESCRIPTION
     The script utility makes a typescript of everything printed on your
     terminal.  It is useful for students who need a hardcopy record of an
     interactive session as proof of an assignment, as the typescript file can
     be printed out later with lpr(1).

     If the argument file is given, script saves all dialogue in file.  If no
     file name is given, the typescript is saved in the file typescript.

     If the argument command is given, script will run the specified command
     with an optional argument vector instead of an interactive shell.

     The following options are available:

     -a      Append the output to file or typescript, retaining the prior
             contents.

     -k      Log keys sent to program as well as output.

     -q      Run in quiet mode, omit the start and stop status messages.

     -t time
             Specify time interval between flushing script output file.  A
             value of 0 causes script to flush for every character I/O event.
             The default interval is 30 seconds.

     The script ends when the forked shell (or command) exits (a control-D to
     exit the Bourne shell (sh(1)), and exit, logout or control-D (if
     ignoreeof is not set) for the C-shell, csh(1)).

     Certain interactive commands, such as vi(1), create garbage in the
     typescript file.  The script utility works best with commands that do not
     manipulate the screen.  The results are meant to emulate a hardcopy
     terminal, not an addressable one.

ENVIRONMENT
     The following environment variable is utilized by script:

     SHELL  If the variable SHELL exists, the shell forked by script will be
            that shell.  If SHELL is not set, the Bourne shell is assumed.
            (Most shells set this variable automatically).

SEE ALSO
     csh(1) (for the history mechanism).

HISTORY
     The script command appeared in 3.0BSD.

BUGS
     The script utility places everything in the log file, including linefeeds
     and backspaces.  This is not what the naive user expects.

     It is not possible to specify a command without also naming the script
     file because of argument parsing compatibility issues.

     When running in -k mode, echo cancelling is far from ideal.  The slave
     terminal mode is checked for ECHO mode to check when to avoid manual echo
     logging.  This does not work when in a raw mode where the program being
     run is doing manual echo.

FreeBSD 11.0-PRERELEASE        January 22, 2004        FreeBSD 11.0-PRERELEASE

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