[svlug] mingetty vs getty

Ray Olszewski ray at comarre.com
Fri May 19 20:44:21 PDT 2000

I don't have mingetty installed, but the Debian package archive describes
mingetty as "a small, efficient, console-only getty for Linux." I would
guess from this that it does not support serial consoles (though the usage
of "console" is a bit inconsistent here), but the man page is really the
place to find out.

Is there still a real "getty"? Every system I have ever used actually ran
agetty (sometimes under the name getty), getty_ps, or mgetty.

At 07:11 PM 5/19/00 -0700, 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
>here is what I am talking about :
># Run gettys in standard runlevels
>1:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty1
>2:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty2
>3:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty3
>4:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty4
>5:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty5
>6:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty6
>7:2345:respawn:/sbin/getty ttyS0 DT9600 vt100
>just curious if anyone knows
>arthur thomas
>svlug mailing list
>svlug at lists.svlug.org
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