script



SCRIPT(1)                   General Commands Manual                  SCRIPT(1)


NAME

     script - make typescript of terminal session


SYNOPSIS

     script [-a] [-c command] [file]


DESCRIPTION

     script makes a typescript of everything printed on your terminal.  It is
     useful for students who need a hardcopy record of an interactive session
     as proof of an assignment, as the typescript file can be printed out
     later with lpr(1).

     If the argument file is given, script saves all dialogue in file.  If no
     file name is given, the typescript is saved in the file typescript.

     The options are as follows:

     -a      Append the output to file or typescript, retaining the prior
             contents.

     -c command
             Run command instead of an interactive shell.  To run a command
             with arguments, enclose both in quotes.

     The script ends when the forked program exits (a control-D (`^D') to exit
     the Bourne shell (sh(1)), and exit, logout, or control-D (if ignoreeof is
     not set) for the C-shell, csh(1)).  script will exit with the status of 0
     unless any of its child processes fail.  In which case, script will
     return 1.

     Certain interactive commands, such as vi(1), create garbage in the
     typescript file.  script works best with commands that do not manipulate
     the screen; the results are meant to emulate a hardcopy terminal.


ENVIRONMENT

     SHELL  Name of the shell to be forked by script.  If not set, the Bourne
            shell is assumed.  (Most shells set this variable automatically.)


EXAMPLES

     Start a virtual machine and log all console output to a file:

           $ script -c "vmctl start myvm -c" myvm.typescript


HISTORY

     A predecessor called dribble appeared in 2BSD.  The script command first
     appeared in 3BSD.


AUTHORS

     Mary Ann Horton.


BUGS

     script places everything in the log file, including linefeeds and
     backspaces.  This is not what the naive user expects.

OpenBSD 6.4                      July 13, 2018                     OpenBSD 6.4

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