By default, systemd auto-launches getty on each VT except VT7. What I would like is for systemd to launch top on VT6 instead of getty. Any idea how I configure it to do that?


I don't think you can do it on tty6 because:

tty6 is especially reserved for auto-spawned gettys and unavailable to other subsystems such as X[3]. This is done in order to ensure that there's always a way to get a text login, even if due to fast user switching X took possession of more than 5 VTs.

For more info you can check here.

But you can try this on tty5 for example. You can create following service (testo.service or whatever you decide) in /lib/systemd/system/ on most distributions but in openSUSE I think it is /usr/lib/systemd/system:

Description=top on tty5

ExecStop=/bin/kill -HUP ${MAINPID}


And then:

systemctl enable testo.service
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  • Worked perfectly first time. Well done! – MathematicalOrchid Jun 23 '15 at 13:41
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    You've missed the part where you tell logind not to attempt to start autovt@tty5.service or you tell systemd that this is (an alias for) getty@tty5.service. Also note that if all that one wants to do is change ExecStart for one specific instance of the template unit, there's another way to do that. – JdeBP Jun 23 '15 at 21:07
  • @JdeBP i've tested on debian an it worked as expected without additional configuration. Could you elaborate on this so we can improve this answer? – taliezin Jun 23 '15 at 21:14
  • @JdeBP thanks, I will read and try to edit it tomorrow. – taliezin Jun 23 '15 at 21:36
  • wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Automatic_login_to_virtual_console for the second part. logind tries to check to ensure that the virtual terminal isn't already in use, but there's a very small window where this can potentially race with another service, depending from exactly how one activates things. But the alias is definitely necessary if one has, say, explicitly instantiated a getty@tty5.service or followed something like fedoraproject.org/wiki/… . – JdeBP Jun 23 '15 at 21:42

What he is trying to do is: have a "top" always available on vt6. Seems like a reasonable goal to me.

The configuration vor the login gettys on the vt's are in /etc/systemd/logind.conf

Here you can restrict systemd on the usage of login-vt's.

What i don't know at the moment is, how the "inittab" functionallity is handled by current distros. "inittab" is where you would have put such a process ...

Maybe this helps? Best regards, gerhard

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