Subject: Virtual console utilities
To: None <port-i386@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Anne Bennett <>
List: port-i386
Date: 03/14/1997 12:01:45
I had a problem with a Pentium running NetBSD-1.2 whereby keyboard
input would start to be ignored, after "pc: timeout updating leds" was
logged.  According to a couple of messages on this list (dated about a
month ago), switching to the pcvt console driver is the solution, so
I've done that (though I've yet to stress-test the new set-up).

Mike Long <> wrote:

[To configure virtual consoles on NetBSD]
> You have to use the pcvt console driver, by replacing pc0 with vt0 in
> your kernel config.  There are a number of additional options to
> configure pcvt; see src/sys/arch/i386/isa/pcvt/Doc/*.

After reading the docs in question and looking around, I figured out
that the utilities in /sys/arch/i386/isa/pcvt/Util were not installed
by default, so now I've installed them.  Is this an oversight?  It
strikes me that it would be useful if the pcvt utilities were simply
installed along with everything else.

Ms. Anne Bennett, Computing Services, Concordia University, Montreal H3G 1M8                                       (514) 848-7606