Subject: Re: Is pccons of any use in shark?
To: Julio M. Merino Vidal <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Michael Lorenz <email@example.com>
Date: 07/29/2007 15:57:46
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On Jul 29, 2007, at 14:19, Julio M. Merino Vidal wrote:
> [ CC'ing NetBSD/shark port master ]
> I've spent the whole evening tracking down a problem in the shark's
> installation (screen corruption) that turned out to be a bug in the
> pccons driver . It's now fixed, but I'm wondering why INSTALL
> still uses pccons.
> GENERIC uses wscons, which works pretty well after macallan@'s
> changes. Furthermore, and AFAIK, the install kernel does not have a
> size limit in this platform. (After all, both INSTALL and GENERIC are
> loaded with the same procedure. And if GENERIC unconditionally uses
> wscons, it is not really a problem for INSTALL to use it too.
INSTALL must be really out of sync then - wscons worked pretty well
before I did anything, it used the vga driver in text mode.
> 1. Can I switch the INSTALL kernel to use wscons?
Can't think of a reason why not.
> I'd tend to stick to plain vga instead of igsfb, contrary to what
> GENERIC does. The framebuffer is nice an all, but it's slow...
igsfb makes sense if you want a high resolution console or X - neither
applies to INSTALL.
> 2. After the above, any reason not to kill pccons and remove it from
> the tree?
Can't think of any.
> 3. Somewhat related, can I make sysinst enable wscons support in
> rc.conf as part of a regular install? This can also involve adding
> a keyboard-layout chooser in sysinst as i386 has.
Can't think of a reason not to do that - we support wscons on all shark
models after all.
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