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
library routines. There is one line in the ttys
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
initializes and opens the line, setting the speed, waiting for a user name and
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 if quoted.
The third field is the type of terminal usually connected to that TTY line,
normally the one found in the
file. The environment variable
initialized with the value by either
The remaining fields set flags in the ty_status
specify a window system process that
for the terminal line. The following is a list of permitted flags for each
- Specify that
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
starting the command specified by the
# 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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