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SubjectRe: [PATCH] um/configs: don't use devtmpfs in defconfig
Al Viro wrote:
> As for the devices, they are *not* bogus. RTFM, already.
> Documentation/virtual/uml/UserModeLinux-HOWTO.txt, if you can't be bothered
> to say git grep UML Documentation/ and find where it on your own. The
> relevant section is called "Setting up serial lines and consoles".
> Seriously, it's not as if the documentation didn't exist or had been
> hard to find...

Yes; I've been trying to decipher the con thing for some time now.

> FWIW, default config is rather annoying - 6 xterms spawned and associated
> with /dev/tty[1-6]. con0=fd:0,fd:1 con=pts mentioned in the HOWTO would,
> IMO, make for much saner default.

Leave aside the fact that I could not find the uml-utils upstream [1],
and didn't have a /uml/port-helper to connect the xterms for a second;
I didn't even understand what was supposed to happen. Why do we spawn
xterms, and attach to the host's /dev/tty*? So far, I just used
/dev/console inside my existing tmux session in urxvt, and it seems to
work fine.

> No comments on systemd behaviour - take that with LP and his crowd. They
> may or may not be confused by /dev/tty1 not being a virtual console.

From my brief discussion with Lennart, he's just following what
Documentation/devices.txt says: /dev/tty* are virtual consoles. If um
is making some sort of exception for good reason, I'm sure systemd can
accommodate it.

> One
> practical issue is the lack of VT102 emulation;

This detail is not at all clear from the Documentation. I spent a lot
of time trying to figure out why systemd wasn't able to getty on
/dev/tty1.

> TERM=linux when logged
> in on those is not right - you want either TERM=xterm (for xterms) or
> TERM=screen (when accessing pts-associated ones with screen /dev/pts/n),
> etc. In any case, it's a dumb serial line as far as the guest kernel
> is concerned - all terminal emulation is going to happen elsewhere (xterms
> running on host and interpreting escape sequences from guest userland,
> etc.)

Hm, what does $TERM have to do with all this?

[1]: A fabulously empty git repository here:
sourceforge.net/p/user-mode-linux/git/ref/master/


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