terminal initialization information
file contains information that is
used by various routines to initialize and control the use of terminal special
files. This information is read with the
routines. There is one line in the
file per special device file. Fields are separated by tabs and/or spaces.
Fields comprised of more than one word should be enclosed in double quotes
’). Blank lines and comments may
appear anywhere in the file; comments are delimited by hash marks
’) and newlines. Any unspecified
fields will default to null.
The first field is the name of the terminal special file as it is found in
The second field of the file is the command to execute for the line, usually
, which initializes and
opens the line, setting the speed, waiting for a user name and executing the
program. It can be,
however, any desired command, for example the start up for a window system
terminal emulator or some other daemon process, and can contain multiple words
The third field is the type of terminal usually connected to that TTY line,
normally the one found in the
database file. The
with the value by either getty(8)
The remaining fields set flags in the ty_status
entry (see getttyent(3)
specify a window system process that
will maintain for the
terminal line. The following is a list of permitted flags for each TTY:
- Specify that init(8) should
execute the command given in the second field.
- The opposite of on.
- If on is also specified, allows users
with a UID of 0 to log in on this line. If set for the
console entry, then
init(8) will start a
single-user shell without asking for the superuser password.
Additionally, the following flags modify the default behavior of the terminal
line. Some of these flags may not be supported by a terminal line driver. The
flag fields should not be quoted.
- Treat the line as if it is locally connected.
- Use RTS/CTS hardware flow control, if possible.
- Use DTR/DCD flow control if possible.
- Ignore hardware carrier on the line.
The string window=
may be followed by a quoted
command string which init(8)
starting the command specified by
the second field.
# root login on console at 1200 baud
console "/usr/libexec/getty std.1200" vt100 on secure
# dialup at 1200 baud, no root logins
ttyd0 "/usr/libexec/getty d1200" dialup on # 555-1234
# Mike's terminal: hp2621
ttyh0 "/usr/libexec/getty std.9600" hp2621-nl on # 457 Evans
# John's terminal: vt100
ttyh1 "/usr/libexec/getty std.9600" vt100 on # 459 Evans
# terminal emulate/window system
ttyv0 "/usr/new/xterm -L :0" vs100 on window="/usr/new/Xvs100 0"
# Network pseudo ttys -- don't enable getty
ttyp0 none network
ttyp1 none network off
file appeared in
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