alevtd man page

alevtd — webserver for videotext pages


alevtd [ options ]


alevtd is http daemon which serves videotext pages as HTML.  Tune in some station with a utility like v4lctl or some TV application.  Then start it and point your browser to http://localhost:5654/

Pages may be requested either in HTML format (http://localhost:5654/<page>/ or http://localhost:5654/<page>/<subpage>.html) or in ASCII text format (http://localhost:5654/<page>/<subpage>.txt).  Subpage "00" can be used for pages without subpages.



print a short help text and the default values for all options.

-v dev

set vbi device (default: /dev/vbi0).


enable debug output.


Write a start/stop notice and serious errors to the syslog. Specify this option twice to get a verbose log (additional log events like dropped connections).

-t sec

set network timeout to >sec< seconds.

-c n

set the number of allowed parallel connections to >n<.  This is a per-thread limit.

-p port

listen on port >port< for incoming connections.  Default 5654.

-n hostname

set the hostname which the server should use (required for redirects).

-i ip

bind to IP-address >ip<.

-l log

log all requests to the logfile >log< (common log format). Using "-" as filename makes alevtd print the access log to stdout, which is only useful together with the -F switch (see below).

-L log

same as above, but additional flush every line.  Useful if you want monitor the logfile with tail -f.

-u user

set uid to >user< (after binding to the tcp port).  This option is allowed for root only.

-g group

set gid to >group< (after binding to the tcp port).  This option is allowed for root only.


don't run as daemon.  alevtd will not fork into background, not detach from terminal and report errors to stderr.


poll tv frequency, clear vtx page cache if a frequency change was detected.

See Also

alevt(1), xawtv(1), v4lctl(1)


Gerd Knorr <>


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