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mingetty - minimal getty for consoles

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NAME

mingetty - minimal getty for consoles

SYNOPSIS

mingetty [--noclear] [--nonewline] [--noissue] [--nohangup] [--nohostname] [--long-hostname] [--loginprog=/bin/login] [--nice=10] [--delay=5] [--chdir=/home] [--chroot=/chroot] [--autologin username] [--loginpause] tty

DESCRIPTION

mingetty is a minimal getty for use on virtual consoles. Unlike agetty(8), mingetty is not suitable for serial lines. I recommend using mgetty(8) for this purpose.

OPTIONS

--noclear
Do not clear the screen before prompting for the login name (the screen is normally cleared).
--nonewline
Do not print a newline before writing out /etc/issue.
--noissue
Do not output /etc/issue.
--nohangup
Do not call vhangup() to disable writing to this tty by other applications.
--nohostname
Do not print the hostname before the login prompt.
--long-hostname
By default the hostname is only printed until the first dot. With this option enabled, the full text from gethostname() is shown.
--loginprog /bin/login
Change the login app.
--nice 10
Change the priority by calling nice().
--delay 5
Sleep this many seconds after startup of mingetty.
--chdir /home
Change into this directory before calling the login prog.
--chroot /chroot
Call chroot() with this directory name.
--autologin username
Log the specified user automatically in without asking for a login name and password. Check the -f option from /bin/login for this.
--loginpause
Wait for any key before dropping to the login prompt. Can be combined with --autologin to save memory by lazily spawning shells.

ISSUE ESCAPES

mingetty recognizes the following escapes sequences which might be embedded in the /etc/issue file:
\d
insert current day (localtime),
\l
insert line on which mingetty is running,
\m
inserts machine architecture (uname -m),
\n
inserts machine's network node hostname (uname -n),
\o
inserts domain name,
\r
inserts operating system release (uname -r),
\t
insert current time (localtime),
\s
inserts operating system name,
\u
resp. \U the current number of users which are currently logged in. \U inserts " n users", where as \u only inserts " n".
\v
inserts operating system version (uname -v).

EXAMPLE

" Linux eos i386 #1 Tue Mar 19 21:54:09 MET 1996" was produced by putting " \s \n \m \v" into /etc/issue.

FILES

/etc/issue, /var/run/utmp.

SEE ALSO

mgetty(8), agetty(8).

AUTHOR

Copyright © 1996 Florian La Roche <laroche@redhat.com>. Man-page written by David Frey <David.Frey@eos.lugs.ch> and Florian La Roche.
6 Apr 1996 Debian-Local