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alevtd(1) General Commands Manual alevtd(1)


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.
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).
set network timeout to >sec< seconds.
set the number of allowed parallel connections to >n<. This is a per-thread limit.
listen on port >port< for incoming connections. Default 5654.
set the hostname which the server should use (required for redirects).
bind to IP-address >ip<.
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).
same as above, but additional flush every line. Useful if you want monitor the logfile with tail -f.
set uid to >user< (after binding to the tcp port). This option is allowed for root only.
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.


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


Gerd Knorr <>


Copyright (C) 2000 Gerd Knorr <>

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.

(c) 2000 Gerd Knorr