script - make typescript of terminal session
script [-a] [file]
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
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
The options are as follows:
-a Append the output to file or typescript, retaining
the prior contents.
The script ends when the forked shell exits (a control-D
(`^D') to exit
the Bourne shell (sh(1)), and exit, logout, or control-D (if
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
Certain interactive commands, such as vi(1), create garbage
in the typescript
file. script works best with commands that do not
screen; the results are meant to emulate a hardcopy terminal.
SHELL Name of the shell to be forked by script. If not
set, the Bourne
shell is assumed. (Most shells set this variable automatically.)
csh(1) (for the history mechanism)
The script command appeared in 3.0BSD.
script places everything in the log file, including linefeeds and
backspaces. This is not what the naive user expects.
OpenBSD 3.6 June 6, 1993
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