rungetty - minimal console getty that can run any process

Property Value
Distribution Debian 10 (Buster)
Repository Debian Main amd64
Package filename rungetty_1.2-16+b1_amd64.deb
Package name rungetty
Package version 1.2
Package release 16+b1
Package architecture amd64
Package type deb
Category admin admin::login implemented-in::c interface::commandline role::program scope::utility use::login
Homepage -
License -
Maintainer Rhonda D'Vine <>
Download size 13.52 KB
Installed size 40.00 KB
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+b1_i386.deb 1.2 i386 Debian Main
rungetty - - -


Name Value
libc6 >= 2.14


Type URL
Binary Package rungetty_1.2-16+b1_amd64.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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