mgetty - smart modem getty
] ttydevice [gettydefs
Mgetty is a ``smart'' getty replacement, designed to be used with hayes
compatible data and data/fax modems. Mgetty knows about modem initialization,
manual modem answering (so your modem doesn't answer if the machine isn't
ready), UUCP locking (so you can use the same device for dial-in and
dial-out). Mgetty provides very extensive logging facilities.
This manpage doesn't try to detail mgetty setup in detail, it just lists the
most important options. For detailed instructions, see the info file
- -k <space>
- Tells mgetty to leave <space> kbytes free on
disk when receiving a fax.
- -x <debug level>
- Use the given level of verbosity for logging - 0 means no
logging, 9 is really noisy. The log file is usually
- -s <speed>
- Set the port speed to use, e.g. "-s 19200".
- Tells mgetty that it is running on a direct line.
UUCP locking is done, but no modem initialization whatsoever.
- -p <login prompt>
- Use the given string to prompt users for their login names.
Various tokens are allowed in this string. These tokens are: @ for the
system name, \n, \r, \g, \b, \v, \f, \t for newline, carriage return,
bell, backspace, vertical tab, form feed, and tab, respectively. \P and \L
will expand to the tty name ("ttyS0"). \Y will give the Caller
ID, \I the "CONNECT foobar" string returned by the modem, and \S
will output the port speed. \s, \m, \V, \R represent the operating system,
the hardware name, the OS version, the OS release. \N and \U give the
number of users currently logged in. \C will be changed into the result of
ctime(), and \D and \T will output the date and time, respectively.
Finally, \<digit> will use digit as octal/decimal/hexadecimal
representation of the character to follow.
The default prompt is specified at compile time.
- -n #
- Tells mgetty to pick up the phone after the #th
RING. Default is 1.
- -R <t>
- Tells mgetty to go into "ringback" (aka
"ring-twice") mode. That means: the first call is never
answered, instead the caller has to hang up after the phone RINGs, wait 30
seconds, and then call again in the next <t> seconds for mgetty to
pick up. If no call comes, mgetty will exit.
I do not really recommend using this, better get a second phone line for the
- -i <issue file>
- Output <issue file> instead of /etc/issue before
prompting for the user name. The same token substitutions as for the the
login prompt are done in this file.
- Tells mgetty that the modem is to be treated as a
DATA modem, no fax initalization is attempted.
- Tells mgetty that DATA calls are not allowed and the
modem should be set to Fax-Only.
- -C <class>
- Tells mgetty how to treat the modem. Possible values
for <class> are "auto" (default, try to find out whether
the modem supports fax), "cls2" (use the class 2 fax command
set, even if the modem supports class 2.0), "c2.0" (use the
class 2.0 fax command set), "data" (data only, exactly as the -D
- -S <g3 file>
- If a call comes in and requests fax polling, mgetty
will send the named file. Note: not all fax modems support poll
- -I <fax id>
- Use the given fax station ID for fax identification. Not
used for data modems.
- Open the port in blocking mode. Best used in combination
with "-r". This is the default if mgetty is called as
getty. You may want to use this if you want to make use of the
two-device / kernel-locking scheme of the Linux and SunOS operating
systems (/dev/ttyS.. and /dev/cua..). I do not recommend it, it's just
include for completeness, and to be able to use mgetty as a full-featured
- Use autobauding. That is, after a connection is made,
mgetty parses the "CONNECT foo" response code of the
modem and sets the port speed to the first integer found after the
"CONNECT" string, "foo" in this example. You need this
if your modem insist on changing its DTE speed to match the line speed. I
recommend against using it, better leave the port speed locked at a fixed
value. The feature is included because there exist old modems that cannot
use a fixed (locked) port speed.
- -m 'expect send ...'
- Set the "chat sequence" that is used to
initialize the modem. For an empty expect part, use empty double quotes
(""). Since the sequence contains spaces, you have to enclose
all of it in single quotes(''). Example:
mgetty -m '"" ATH0 OK'
- Main configuration file.
- controls whether (and when) mgetty should call some
other program for user login instead of /bin/login. How this is done is
explained in this file.
- controls acceptance/denial of incoming calls based on the
caller's number. Available only if you have "caller ID" and your
modem supports it.
- controls whether mgetty should pick up the phone upon
incoming calls. If the file exists, calls are completely ignored. You can
use this, for example, to stop mgetty during day time, and let it pick up
at night only, by creating and removing /etc/nologin.ttyxx via the
cron program at the appropriate time.
- will be printed after a connection is established, and
before the with the '-i' option.
- Debug log file, see below.
doesn't work the way it should, the main source of diagnostic
data is the log file.
It can be found in
"/var/log/mgetty/mg_ttyxx.log" (for the mgetty process handling
"ttyxx"). If it doesn't contain enough details, enhance the log
level with the '-x' option to mgetty, e.g. "-x 5".
Many of the common problems and solutions are discussed in the mgetty manual and
the FAQ. Please see the WWW page at http://alpha.greenie.net/mgetty/ for both.
Not all of mgetty
configuration can be done at run-time yet. Things like
flow control and file paths (log file / lock file) have to be configured by
changing the source and recompiling.
Users never read manuals...
g32pbm(1), sendfax(8), getty(8), mgettydefs(4), mgetty.info
is Copyright (C) 1993 by Gert Doering,