How to write to console

Jeff Shevlen jeff at
Fri Apr 4 08:33:46 PST 2003

Hi all, 

I hate to add a variation on a thread before it's been solved, but is it possible to "jump into" a console from an outside process?  Lets say you have a remote machine and you want to check in on a process underway in ttyv0?  Can you do it?  (Not urgent, but a coworker and I were trying to figure this one out yesterday and this thread is too similar not to ask...)


On Fri, Apr 04, 2003 at 09:33:36AM -0500, Matthew Smith wrote:
> Try redirecting to /dev/ttyv0, as in:
> echo "My Message" > /dev/ttyv0
> -Matt
> On Fri, 2003-04-04 at 09:29, Doug Poland wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > I'd like to write to the "default" console of a -STABLE box.  In this
> > case, no one is logged in on that console/terminal. 
> > 
> > The commands write, talk, and wall mention writing to a terminal of a
> > logged in user.  Ideally, I'd like to clear the screen and display an
> > 80x25 message.
> > 
> > Does anyone know how I can accomplish this?
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