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



NAME
       mingetty - minimal getty for consoles

SYNOPSIS
       mingetty	 [--noclear] [--nonewline] [--noissue] [--nohangup] [--nohost-
       name]	[--long-hostname]     [--loginprog=/bin/login]	   [--nice=10]
       [--delay=5]  [--chdir=/home]  [--chroot=/chroot] [--autologin username]
       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.


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 (C) 1996 Florian La Roche <laroche@redhat.com>.  Man-page writ-
       ten by David Frey <David.Frey@eos.lugs.ch> and Florian La Roche.



Debian-Local			  6 Apr 1996			   MINGETTY(8)
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