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Hi Scott,
thanks for your reply, looks to me you are a few levels upwith that custom copy of Getty... I like especially the "if the terminal session got killed somehow, the init process would automatically restart it" part of the whole as that is what I intend to do as well.
For now I managed to do it after login via ~/.bashr which is not exactly as I wished but for this stage sufficient.
I have to find my way around debian/raspberry a little, maybe later will be able to go more complex.

Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:58:17 -0600
From: tn5250@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
To: linux5250@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [LINUX5250] auto-signon

Hi Bart,

Hmmm... not familiar with Raspberry Pi (I think I said that yesterday,

But, years ago I did something similar on RedHat. I also have done this
quite a bit on FreeBSD (which isn't Linux, but is similar in many ways.)

Running something from the startup rc scripts never worked because they
are not associated with a terminal, so I couldn't do anything that
required any fancy terminal I/O.

So what I did instead on linux was make my own copy of 'getty' (the
program that starts the ttys) that I modified to run my copy of tn5250,
and then configured my system to start the terminals using my special
copy of getty. This worked very well, and if the terminal session got
killed somehow, the init process would automatically restart it, so that
was helpful, too.

On FreeBSD, the getty program was much more configurable, I could add an
entry to my /etc/gettytab file that runs a shell script when the
terminal is opened... and so I made that script start up tn5250, then
adjusted /etc/ttys to make it run the script on certain terminals.

Not sure if any of that applies to Raspberry Pi, of course... but
thought it might be worth mentioning...

On 3/5/2015 12:57 PM, Bart Hoen wrote:
Hi once more,
I am trying start the app and auto-login before the login prompt but I can't get it done somehow. I don't have any GUI installed I would just like to boot into 5250 in the before beging logging in.
I meanwhile tried various methods :
None works, the scripts run fine when ran after login though so there are no errors or anything. When I replace the 5250 command to something simple like ping it works fine ? It wil start pinging at the login prompt.
What am I missing ?

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