mingetty

MINGETTY(8)                Linux Programmer's Manual               MINGETTY(8)



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.



Debian-Local                      6 Apr 1996                       MINGETTY(8)