[svlug] mingetty vs getty
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Fri May 19 19:43:34 PDT 2000
On Fri, 19 May 2000, Arthur Thomas wrote:
> anyone know what the difference is between the getty program and the mingetty
> i'm running mingetty on my virtual terminals but i was not able to get
> mingetty to open a serial console. i was able to use getty to open a serial
>From 'man mingetty':
mingetty(8) is a minimal getty for use on virtual consoles.
Unlike agetty(8), mingetty is not suitable for serial
lines. I recommend using mgetty(8) for this purpose.
I wouldn't try agetty either, as it doesn't work very well with ports
other than ttyS in some systems. My rule of thumb is:
mingetty for virtual consoles
getty for dumb terminals (or mgetty -r)
mgetty for modems
Hope this helps.
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