Subject: Re: PCVT/virtual consoles
To: Ken Hornstein <email@example.com>
From: Matthieu Herrb <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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.