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mingetty



SYNOPSIS

       /sbin/mingetty   [--noclear] [--noreset] [--long-hostname]
       [--no-hostname] [--login login_binary] [--old]
       [--logopts "login_options"] tty [term]


DESCRIPTION

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


OPTIONS

       --noclear
              Do not clear the screen before  prompting  for  the
              login name (the screen is normally cleared).

       --noreset
              By  default  the terminal settings will be initial­
              ized to some sane default values.  With this option
              the terminal settings will not be changed.

       --long-hostname
              By  default  the hostname is only printed until the
              first dot.  With this option enabled, the full text
              from gethostname() is shown.

       --no-hostname
              By default the hostname will be printed.  With this
              option enabled, no hostname at all will be shown.

       --login login_binary
              Use the login_binary  to  log  in  instead  of  the
              default /bin/login.

       --logopts "login_options"
              Options  that are passed to the login program.  \\u
              is replaced by the  login  name.  Defaults  to  "--
              \\u",  which  is  suitable  for /bin/login.  Please
              read the SECURITY NOTICE below if you want  to  use
              this.

       --old  Do not reset the terminal line to standard settings
              and do not hangup the /dev/vcs and  /dev/vcsa  vir­
              tual console memory devices which may remain from a
              former session.  This hangup requires access to the
              /proc file system because the linux kernel does not
              have a revoke() system call.  Please read the SECU­
              RITY NOTICE below if you want to use this.


SECURITY NOTICE


       If you use the --old be aware  that  remaining  opened  or
       memory  mapped /dev/vcs<#> or /dev/vcsa<#> virtual console
       memory devices provide all infomation of the corresponding
       terminal line /dev/tty<#> to a possible attacker.


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 cur­
              rently 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 pro­
       duced by putting "\s \n \m \v" into /etc/issue.


FILES

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


SEE ALSO

       mgetty(8),
       agetty(8),
       inittab(5),
       vcs(8).


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