NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | OPTIONS | NOTES | ENVIRONMENT | SEE ALSO | HISTORY | BUGS | AVAILABILITY | COLOPHON

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NAME         top

       script - make typescript of terminal session

SYNOPSIS         top

       script [options] [file]

DESCRIPTION         top

       script makes a typescript of everything displayed 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 the dialogue in this
       file.  If no filename is given, the dialogue is saved in the file
       typescript.

OPTIONS         top

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

       -c, --command command
              Run the command rather than an interactive shell.  This makes
              it easy for a script to capture the output of a program that
              behaves differently when its stdout is not a tty.

       -e, --return
              Return the exit code of the child process.  Uses the same
              format as bash termination on signal termination exit code is
              128+n.

       -f, --flush
              Flush output after each write.  This is nice for
              telecooperation: one person does `mkfifo foo; script -f foo',
              and another can supervise real-time what is being done using
              `cat foo'.

       --force
              Allow the default output destination, i.e. the typescript
              file, to be a hard or symbolic link.  The command will follow
              a symbolic link.

       -q, --quiet
              Be quiet (do not write start and done messages to either
              standard output or the typescript file).

       -t, --timing[=file]
              Output timing data to standard error, or to file when given.
              This data contains two fields, separated by a space.  The
              first field indicates how much time elapsed since the previous
              output.  The second field indicates how many characters were
              output this time.  This information can be used to replay
              typescripts with realistic typing and output delays.

       -V, --version
              Display version information and exit.

       -h, --help
              Display help text and exit.

NOTES         top

       The script ends when the forked shell exits (a control-D for the
       Bourne shell (sh(1)), and exit, logout or control-d (if ignoreeof is
       not set) for the C-shell, csh(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         top

       The following environment variable is utilized by script:

       SHELL  If the variable SHELL exists, the shell forked by script will
              be that shell.  If SHELL is not set, the Bourne shell is
              assumed.  (Most shells set this variable automatically).

SEE ALSO         top

       csh(1) (for the history mechanism), scriptreplay(1).

HISTORY         top

       The script command appeared in 3.0BSD.

BUGS         top

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

AVAILABILITY         top

       The script command is part of the util-linux package and is available
       from Linux Kernel Archive 
       ⟨ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/⟩.

COLOPHON         top

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       utilities) project.  Information about the project can be found at 
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util-linux                        June 2014                        SCRIPT(1)