rungetty - minimal console getty that can run any process

Property Value
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.


Package Version Architecture Repository
rungetty_1.2-16_amd64.deb 1.2 amd64 Ubuntu Universe
rungetty - - -


Name Value
libc6 >= 2.4


Type URL
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




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
* 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
* Removed article from start of synopsis, fixed long description wrt/
* 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)

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