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getty(8)							      getty(8)

       getty - Sets the terminal type, modes, speed, and line discipline

       getty [-h] [-t time] line speed_label terminal line_discipline

       getty -c file

       Hold  the carrier during the initialization phase; do not hang up.  Set
       the time period to the specified number	of  seconds.   Drop  the  line
       after  that  amount  of	time if nothing is typed.  Check the specified
       gettydefs file.

       The getty command sets and manages terminals by setting up speed,  ter‐
       minal  flags, and the line discipline. If command options are provided,
       getty adapts the system to  those  specifications.   getty  prints  the
       login  prompt,  waits for the user to enter a username, and invokes the
       login command.

       getty uses the /etc/gettydefs file for terminal information.  The  line
       argument refers to the device name in /dev. The speed_label argument is
       a pointer into the /etc/gettydefs file where the definitions for	 speed
       and  other associated options are located. The terminal argument speci‐
       fies the name of the terminal type. The line_discipline argument speci‐
       fies the name of the line discipline.

       The  second syntax for the getty command provides a check option.  When
       getty is invoked with the -c option and filename	 argument,  it	checks
       the  specified  file  in	 the  same way it scans gettydefs for terminal
       information, then prints the results to standard output.

       By default, the getty daemon writes the login string specified  in  the
       message	field  of  the	/etc/gettydefs file to any terminal spawned or
       respawned from the /etc/inittab file. If an /etc/issue file is present,
       getty  reads  the file and writes its contents to the terminal prior to
       writing the login string specified in the /etc/gettydefs file.

       Specifies the command path.  Specifies the terminal line database file.
       Specifies the path name for the issue identification file.

       Commands: init(8), login(1), stty(1)

       Files: issue(4).


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