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NAME
       script - make typescript of terminal session

SYNOPSIS
       script [options] [file]

DESCRIPTION
       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
       -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 telecoopera-
              tion: 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  sym-
              bolic link.

       -q, --quiet
              Be  quiet  (do not write start and done messages to either stan-
              dard 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
       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  manipu-
       late the screen, the results are meant to emulate a hardcopy terminal.

       It  is  not  recommended  to  run script in non-interactive shells. The
       inner shell of script is always interactive, and  this  could  lead  to
       unexpected results. If you use script in the shell initialization file,
       you have to avoid entering an infinite loop. Use e.  g.  profile  file,
       which is read by login shells only:

              if test -t 0 ; then
                  script
                  exit
              fi

       You should also avoid use of script in command pipes, as script can
       read more input than you would expect.

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

HISTORY
       The script command appeared in 3.0BSD.

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

       script is primarily designed for interactive terminal sessions, it's
       possible that when stdin is not a terminal (for example "echo foo |
       script") then all session hung ups, because interactive shell within
       script session miss EOF and the script has no clue when close the ses-
       sion. See the NOTES section for more information.

AVAILABILITY
       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/>.

util-linux                         June 2014                         SCRIPT(1)