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conspy - virtual console spy tool


conspy [ options ] [ console ]


Conspy allows the user to take control of a Linux virtual console. The user can see what
is displayed on the console and their keystrokes are sent to it.

To exit from conspy press the escape key three times in quick succession.


-g COLSxROWS, --geometry COLSxROWS
Specify the console size. Conspy can almost always correctly guess the size so
this is only useful when it complains it can't.

-V, --version
Print the program's version and exit.

-v, --viewonly
Don't send keystrokes to the virtual console.

If supplied, console must be a number in the range 1 .. 63, corresponding to the
virtual console device /dev/tty1 .. /dev/tty63. If not supplied the currently
active virtual console is opened and tracked.


Conspy will not pass keystrokes to a virtual console whose keyboard is configured to send
scan codes. X configures its keyboard like this. If the terminal does not have at least
64 colours no colour will be displayed. Conspy ignores the mouse. Conspy may display
some non-ASCII characters incorrectly.

The kernel reports the console geometry and cursor position using bytes which limits both
to 255 maximum. Conspy can usually guess the correct display size from the truncated
version, but if the cursor position is beyond line 255 or column 255 conspy will put it in
the wrong place.

Conspy depends on terminfo and curses working correctly for your terminal, and sometimes
they don't. Konsole is/was one example of where they don't. Typing control-L will redraw
the screen, which usually fixes the mess created. It also sends a control-L to the
virtual console, of course.

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