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Old 02-09-2005, 09:06 PM   #1
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What is /sbin/mingetty?


Recently I checked my ps listing, and I noticed /sbin/mingetty running on tty1-6. Now I checked the man pages and google, and this is the explanation I found.

mingetty 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.
What does this exactly mean? Should this be running as 5 different processes?

Any ideas or help would be much appreciated.


Old 02-09-2005, 09:25 PM   #2
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"What does this exactly mean? Should this be running as 5 different processes?"

The various getty programs are used to watch idle terminals waiting for somebody to log on. So yes, you have five different processes each using mingetty to watch a virtual terminal. You only have one copy of mingetty in memory. If you type in <Ctrl> <Alt> <Fx> then the process watching virtual terminal x will give you a login prompt.

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mingetty is configured to restart itself if logged out or killed, note that logging out is actually killing the process. This is due to the 'respawn' directive in /etc/inittab. If you feel that you don't need the default number of ttys, you can remove them. You can execute the following commands to remove them :

First of all you will have to put off the required number of lines as the below :

1:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty1
2:2345ff:/sbin/mingetty tty2
3:2345ff:/sbin/mingetty tty3
4:2345ff:/sbin/mingetty tty4
5:2345ff:/sbin/mingetty tty5
6:2345ff:/sbin/mingetty tty6

# telinit q (reloads inittab file)

# deallocvt /dev/tty[2-9] /dev/tty[0-9][0-9] (de-allocates the specified tty)

# rm /dev/tty[2-9] /dev/tty[0-9][0-9] (removes the ttys)

This would make the mingettys not starting...


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