rungetty - minimal console getty that can run any process

Distribution: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus)
Repository: Ubuntu Universe i386
Package name: rungetty
Package version: 1.2
Package release: 16
Package architecture: i386
Package type: deb
Installed size: 33 B
Download size: 12.13 KB
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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.




    Binary package: rungetty_1.2-16_i386.deb
    Source package: rungetty

    Install Howto

    1. Update the package index:
      # sudo apt-get update
    2. Install rungetty deb package:
      # sudo apt-get install rungetty


    • /sbin/rungetty
    • /usr/share/doc/rungetty/README
    • /usr/share/doc/rungetty/README.Debian
    • /usr/share/doc/rungetty/THANKS
    • /usr/share/doc/rungetty/changelog.Debian.gz
    • /usr/share/doc/rungetty/copyright
    • /usr/share/man/man8/rungetty.8.gz


    2016-01-04 - Rhonda D'Vine <> rungetty (1.2-16) unstable; urgency=medium * Switch to source format 3.0 (quilt) * Update my email and name. * Change debian/rules to dh style. * Fix typo in rungetty manpage (closes: #538146) * Bump Standards-Version to 3.9.6.

    2009-04-20 - Gerfried Fuchs <> rungetty (1.2-15) unstable; urgency=high * Using patch in the proper place to make sure building does happen after patching (closes: #524750)

    2009-03-27 - Gerfried Fuchs <> rungetty (1.2-14) unstable; urgency=low * Bumped to Standards-Version 3.8.1. * Add descriptions to quilt patches. * allow autologin on all TTYs (closes: #515970) * Disabled long dysfunctional watch file.

    2008-09-08 - Gerfried Fuchs <> rungetty (1.2-13) unstable; urgency=low * Updated manpage-fix to not have minus-signs displayed as hyphens. * Use filter instead of findstring for DEB_BUILD_OPTIONS parsing as suggested by policy. * Strip unneeded sections from binary. * Updated to Standards-Version 3.8.0: added debian/README.source.

    2007-10-08 - Gerfried Fuchs <> rungetty (1.2-12) unstable; urgency=low * Switched to using quilt for patching source, split current stuff into: - make-install-fix: fix install target for manpage and stripping of binary - manpage-fix: fix a small error in the manpage - nogroup-fix: use nogroup as default group instead of nobody - disable-path: disable setting of PATH - getc-fix: use signed int for c in do_prompt - initgroups: use supplementary grous, too - clear-not-reset: send clear instead of reset * Linked to GPL-2 in copyright file directly, added hint for later versions. * Updated copyright file with statement from upstream author about continuation of the program.

    2007-08-21 - Gerfried Fuchs <> rungetty (1.2-11) unstable; urgency=low * Fixed handling of DEB_BUILD_OPTIONS=nostrip (closes: #437942) * Cleaned up debian/rules a bit.

    2006-09-08 - Gerfried Fuchs <> rungetty (1.2-10) unstable; urgency=low * Fixed a bug in the manpage.

    2006-09-08 - Gerfried Fuchs <> rungetty (1.2-9) unstable; urgency=low * Enabled watch file again (and updated to version 3), the site was just down. * Bumped Standards-Version, no changes needed. * Send clear instead of reset, thanks to Adeodato Simó both for noticing and finding the solution (closes: #309866) * Improved the copyright file a bit.

    2004-07-02 - Gerfried Fuchs <> rungetty (1.2-8) unstable; urgency=low * Removed group sticky bit from package (closes: #249105) * Process gets supplementary groups now, too (closes: #146145) * Update to Stadards-Version 3.6.1: removed /usr/doc -> /usr/share/doc handling. * Removed article from start of synopsis, fixed long description wrt/ nogroup. * Disabled watch file -- it isn't there anymore... * Removed debian/docs cruft file.

    2002-09-11 - Gerfried Fuchs <> rungetty (1.2-7) unstable; urgency=low * change type of c in do_prompt to signed int (closes: #160395)