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SubjectScreen regen buffer at 0x00b8000

Why can't I consistantly write to the VGA screen regen buffer
and have it appear on the screen????
It looks like access there is cached??? One needs to change
VT consoles to make it appear!!

The screen-regen buffer at this address is hardware, in the
chip! It should not be cached!




#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <stdint.h>
#include <unistd.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <signal.h>
#include <fcntl.h>
#include <errno.h>
#include <time.h>
#include <sys/mman.h>


#define ERRORS(s) do { \
fprintf(stderr,"Error from line %d, file %s, call %s, (%s)\n",\
__LINE__,__FILE__,(s), strerror(errno)); \
exit(EXIT_FAILURE); } while(0)
#define TYPE (MAP_FIXED|MAP_SHARED|MAP_FILE|MAP_LOCKED)
#define PROT (PROT_READ|PROT_WRITE)
#define SCREEN 0x000b8000
#define ATTRIB 0x1700
#define COL 64
#define FAIL -1

static const char ln[]=" Link is ";
static const char up[]="up ";
static const char dn[]="down ";

int dummy;

int link_stat() // Dummy for testing
{
dummy ^= 1;
return dummy;
}
// -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
int main(int args, char *argv[])
{
unsigned short upmsg[sizeof(up) + sizeof(ln)];
unsigned short dnmsg[sizeof(dn) + sizeof(ln)];
size_t i, j, len;
int fd;
unsigned short *sp, *rp;
#if 0
if(fork())
return 0;
#endif
len = getpagesize();
if((fd = open("/dev/mem", O_RDWR)) == FAIL)
ERRORS("open");
if((sp = mmap((void *)SCREEN, len, PROT, TYPE, fd, SCREEN))==MAP_FAILED)
ERRORS("mmap");
for(i=0; i< sizeof(ln)-1; i++)
{
upmsg[i] = (unsigned short) ln[i] | ATTRIB;
dnmsg[i] = (unsigned short) ln[i] | ATTRIB;
}
for(j=0; j< sizeof(up)-1; j++)
{
upmsg[i] = (unsigned short) up[j] | ATTRIB;
dnmsg[i] = (unsigned short) dn[j] | ATTRIB;
i++;
}
i *= sizeof(unsigned short);
rp = &sp[COL];
(void)nice(20);
for(;;)
{
if(link_stat())
memcpy(rp, upmsg, i);
else
memcpy(rp, dnmsg, i);
usleep(500000);
}
return 0; // Not reached
}

Cheers,
Dick Johnson
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