Re: scrollback

Jon M. Taylor (
Sun, 27 Oct 1996 11:46:57 -0800 (PST)

On 27 Oct 1996 wrote:

> wrote:
> >As far as the console, though, there is an alternative: consoled.
> >There are simply features that do not belong in kernel space (dynamic
> >font generation comes to mind.) However, it is perfectly reasonable to
> >do a console manager in user space, using "graphics"
> >(i.e. software-managed) console mode and raw keyboard mode; and, of
> >course, PTY's.
> Now THIS sounds like a very reasonable proposition and one that will not
> be immediately kicked off the "new ideas" because of "unnecesary kernel
> bloat".
> Is it possible that someone could start doing this? I don't really wanna
> have to wait until the GGI project is done and/or integrated into the
> kernel (if that ever happens)

It will.

> just to get some more scrollback in my
> VCs. I'm sure we'd all help in what we can (hey, don't look at me, I'm
> not that good of a coder :). Besides I know we'll think of many other
> uses to give to consoled.

Why not work on taking all these console suggestions, wrapping
them up in a *consistent* framework instead of implementing each one
separately, and putting them in the GGI? Half of them are already
there. If we are going to be doing surgery on the console code,
shouldn't we try to implement a new, clean framework in one go?