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WATCH(8)                FreeBSD System Manager's Manual               WATCH(8)

NAME
     watch - snoop on another tty line

SYNOPSIS
     watch [-cinotW] [-f snpdev] [tty]

DESCRIPTION
     Watch allows the user to examine all data coming through a specified tty
     using the snp(4) device.  If the snp(4) device is not available, watch
     will attempt to load the module (snp).  Watch writes to standard output.

     The options are as follows:

     -c      Reconnect on close.  If the tty observed by watch is closed,
             automatically reattach to the same tty.  If this option is not
             specified, watch will request a new tty if running in interactive
             mode or exit if running without a controlling tty.

     -f snpdev
             If this option is specified, watch will use snpdev as the snp(4)
             device.  Without this option, watch will attempt to find the next
             available snp(4) device.

     -i      Force interactive mode.  Interactive mode is a default if watch
             is started from a tty.  If output is redirected to a file,
             interactive mode can still be requested by specifying this
             option.

     -n      Disable the ability to switch the watched tty interactively.
             This disables both change requests made with <control-X> as well
             as automatic prompting when the current tty is closed or
             overflows.  In all cases where a prompt would be displayed, watch
             will exit.  The reconnect flags are unaffected by this option.
             When this flag is used, <control-X> is passed through to the
             terminal.

     -o      Reconnect on overflow.  The behavior of watch if the observed tty
             overflows is similar to the behavior if the observed tty is
             closed.  For more info see snp(4).

     -t      Print the date and time when observation of a given tty is
             started.

     -W      Allow write access to observed tty.

     tty     Tty may be specified as an tty-style device, such as a pseudo tty
             device, a virtual console, or a serial line, etc.  Names may be
             preceded by /dev/.

OPERATION
     While running in interactive mode, all user input is discarded except
     for:

     <control-G>
           Exit watch.
     <control-W>
           Clear screen.
     <control-X>
           Change attached tty, unless this feature is disabled, in which case
           control-X is passed to the terminal as with other control
           characters.

SEE ALSO
     pty(4), sio(4), snp(4), kldload(8)

BUGS
     No terminal emulation is performed.  All user output is reproduced as-is.

AUTHORS
     Ugen J.S. Antsilevich <ugen@NetVision.net.il>

HISTORY
     Watch first appeared in FreeBSD 2.1.

FreeBSD 11.0-PRERELEASE        November 24, 2001       FreeBSD 11.0-PRERELEASE

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