Re: /dev/console should it always be available?

From: Ricky Beam (
Date: Sun Feb 27 2000 - 02:26:48 EST

On Sat, 26 Feb 2000, Garst R. Reese wrote:
>Maybe /dev/tty[123456] should be renamed to /dev/vc[123456]
>How many years has it been since a tty (teletype) was even manufactured?

Both Digital and HP still make them, altho' with the Compaq/Digital thing
I'm not sure about Digital. (VT-540's and up... full color, multi-input,
etc. I know where there are several dozen brand new ones plugged onto
a DMS-500 :-))

>My kids did their grade 3 math on one, but the youngest is 39. I

I did mine on a Wyse terminal attached to a Wycat 2000 :-) (I'm 29.)

>personally find the ttySn tty, pty stuff pretty non intuitive. Obviously
>the devfs junkies agree.

The tty* <-> cu* is even worse.

And, for the record, I prefer an amber VT-420 to just about anything else.
I used one for four years -- with three Sony monitors beside of it; I still
did everything on the VT.

A VT-420 and screen... that's all anyone ever needs. (Unless you want to play
quake or something.)


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