MINGETTY(8) Linux Programmer's Manual MINGETTY(8)
mingetty - minimal getty for consoles
mingetty [--noclear] [--long-hostname] tty
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.
Do not clear the screen before prompting for the login name (the
screen is normally cleared).
By default the hostname is only printed until the first dot.
With this option enabled, the full text from gethostname() is
mingetty recognizes the following escapes sequences which might be
embedded in the /etc/issue file:
\d insert current day (localtime),
\l insert line on which mingetty is running,
\m inserts machine architecture (uname -m),
\n inserts machine's network node hostname (uname -n),
\o inserts domain name,
\r inserts operating system release (uname -r),
\t insert current time (localtime),
\s inserts operating system name,
\u resp. \U the current number of users which are currently logged
in. \U inserts "n users", where as \u only inserts "n".
\v inserts operating system version (uname -v).
"Linux eos i386 #1 Tue Mar 19 21:54:09 MET 1996" was produced by
putting "\s \n \m \v" into /etc/issue.
Copyright (C) 1996 Florian La Roche <email@example.com> or <flo-
firstname.lastname@example.org>. Man-page written by David Frey
<David.Frey@eos.lugs.ch> and Florian La Roche.
Debian-Local 6 Apr 1996 MINGETTY(8)