Re: Repeat the Ending

Mike A. Harris (
Tue, 10 Jun 1997 04:49:13 -0400 (EDT)

On Mon, 9 Jun 1997, Geert Uytterhoeven wrote:

> We could use a redesign of the console system. Things I'd like to see:
> - separation between generic console stuff and low-level (VGA) stuff
> - scrollback on all VCs, using a decent implementation (i.e. not depending
> on VGA features, since they're of no use to me)
> The way GGI does it (using the `scroller' interface) could be a start (but GGI
> isn't perfect neither, for machines without a hardware text mode).
> If you want to know more about the machines without VGA text mode, please let
> me know.

I have 18 local consoles, 5 to 10 of which I'm always logged in
on. Since my VGA is only a 1meg card, the scrollback buffers are
virtually useless to me, even more so if X is running. I'd
definately like to see the console system re-written to allow a
user defined buffer size for individual consoles. That way you
could have consoles with and consoles without a buffer, and each
console could have a different sized buffer. The vga hardware
method is not very good IMHO.

I'm very much interested in your thoughts.

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