Subject: Re: PCVT/virtual consoles
To: Ken Hornstein <>
From: Matthieu Herrb <>
List: current-users
Date: 05/08/1995 09:27:02
You wrote (in your message from Sun  7)
 > >Are there any plans to support virtual consoles on other ports?  
 > >Specifically sparc, but perhaps sun3, hp300, etc?

 > It's my understanding that pcvt and the XFree86 server co-operate when it comes
 > to switching virtual consoles (pcvt doesn't know how to change the state of
 > the video card - it just tells the X server to do it).  So not only would you
 > have to port pcvt, but you'd also have to put that functionality into your
 > X server (and it's my understanding that the other NetBSD ports run a close-to-
 > vanilla MIT X server).  Actually, now I remember reading something about
 > XFree86 working on NetBSD/sparc, so maybe it's not impossible.

Yes, but the server is in this case the vanilla X11R6 server. I just
merged the patches to get it to compile into the XFree86 tree.

It is possible but not so easy.