Subject: Re: Default color in kernel binary
To: port-hpcsh list <>
From: Valeriy E. Ushakov <>
List: port-hpcsh
Date: 08/26/2005 23:59:33
On Fri, Aug 26, 2005 at 00:52:11 -0400, Michael Wileman wrote:

> In the current snapshot I downloaded, the color is so dark as to be
> nearly illegible.  Is there a way to change this short of compiling
> my own kernel?  Is there a way to submit a request that this be
> changed in the distribution?

*Sigh*.  This has been on my TODO for a long time.  I even know how to
fix it properly, but have no time.  The problem is that we run 680
display in 16 bit mode, so it doesn't used indexed colors internally,
though wscons do use indexed colors.  My idea is to fix the driver so
that if a colormap change is initiated for the colors 0..15, it
redirects the request to the rasops instead.

As a workaround, recent kernels have ability to change at least the
kernel messages and normal console text colors.  msg.default.* and
msg.kernel.* are the controls you need to tweak with wsconsctl(8).
The choice is limited to ANSI colors (which is no use, as they are all
too dark), but it should be possible to flip the HILIT attribute.

Kernel option to support it is WSDISPLAY_CUSTOM_OUTPUT, but it's not
present in hpcsh configs (check i386 for an example).  Can someone
please test it, so that we can put it into GENERIC and have 3.0
shipped with it enabled?

SY, Uwe
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