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Libptytty is a small library that offers pseudo-TTY management in an OS-independent way. It was created out of frustration over the many differences of PTY/TTY handling in different operating systems for use inside "rxvt-unicode". It also offers session database support (utmp and optional wtmp/lastlog updates for login shells) and supports forking after startup and dropping privileges in the calling process. It offers C++ and C-only APIs.


Download version 1.0 (stable)
released on 3 October 2006



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GPLv2orlaterTed Teah4 October 2006

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Marc A. Lehmann Maintainer

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This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 4 October 2006.


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