Re: Console mapping problems? [I hear about these - I wanna know!]

Teunis Peters (
Fri, 12 Sep 1997 11:30:52 -0600 (MDT)

On Fri, 12 Sep 1997, Marcin Dalecki wrote:

> Anybody thinking about implementing something like selections / unicode or
> whatever mapping in the KERNEL, should have a look at the window program
> found in the 4.4BSD-Lite distribution or at the xterm source code found in
> the X11 distributor. ALL such kind of things should be properly
> implemented entierly in USER SPACE as virtual terminal servers. Even the
> console switching capabilities should be there and NOT in the kernel.

Of course - which is why the console should be _REMOVABLE_.

Oh, on Xterm - it's mappings are very broken (for console apps used to
linux console and available keyboard rather than limited X mapping).

If the console switching COULD be handled in userspace I'd be happy. But
because /dev/console can't - console switching can't.
<deep sigh>.

> The main kernel console should remain what it's supposed to be: Just a
> simple console nothing more.

Yep - preferably with some way to remap all calls to it back into

> There You don't have to worry about mapping tables space restrictions or
> therelike, becous it's all user space and nicely swappable.

Yep :)

Been thinking about this - but how to code this?
(and make it work)

G'day, eh?
- Teunis

PS : I'll gladly code it as soon as I figure out where to start...
(and get some time - it's been too busy at work)