minimal console getty that can run any process
rungetty might be the getty you were looking for. It is able to run any
program, not just login. If a different program than login is used it usually
is run as nobody:nogroup, or the user/group specified on the commandline.
rungetty can even be configured to autologin, under certain circumstances.
See the manual page for more information.
You have to change some lines in /etc/inittab for having any effect after
installing the package. rungetty is based on mingetty and therefore not
suitable for serial use.
This is rungetty version 1.2. rungetty takes command of a virtual console and
runs any program on it. By default, it runs login. If a program is passed as a
paramater to rungetty from inittab, it will run that program. For example:
r2:2345:respawn:/sbin/rungetty tty2 telnet mail.foo.com
r3:2345:respawn:/sbin/rungetty tty3 -u support top
Would run a local logi
rungetty for Debian
I know that there wasn't done anything on the source of this package in
ages, but I believe that's because it's quite bugfree :-)
It's not very long... I mainly packaged it for usage with francine, a
spinoff of the fancylogin project but believe that it must be useful for
others as well....
-- Gerfried Fuchs <email@example.com>, Mon, 4 Dec 2000 21:0
RUNGETTY(8) Linux Programmer's Manual RUNGETTY(8)
rungetty - a minimal console getty that can run any process
rungetty [--noclear] [--long-hostname] [-u username] [-g
group] [-w path] [-n priority] [--prompt [=string]] [-d n]
[--autologin username] tty [--] [command] [arguments]
rungetty is a getty for use
rungetty (1.2-10) unstable; urgency=low
* Fixed a bug in the manpage.
-- Gerfried Fuchs <alfie@
Version 1.2 - 04 February 1999
Added -g group option to fix a potential security hole
Thanks for Florian La Roche (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
for writing mingetty,
This package was debianized by Gerfried Fuchs <firstname.lastname@example.org> on
Mon, 4 Dec 2000 21:11:08 +0100.
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