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SubjectRe: [PATCH] um: change defconfig to stop spawning xterm
Adding Al again, someone dropped him from the CC list...

On Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 7:40 AM, Richard Weinberger <> wrote:
> Lennart,
> Am 23.07.2013 00:32, schrieb Lennart Poettering:
>> On Mon, 22.07.13 16:13, Ramkumar Ramachandra ( wrote:
>>> [Corrected Lennart's email ID]
>>> Richard Weinberger wrote:
>>>> CC'ing Lennart.
>>>> Am 22.07.2013 11:45, schrieb Ramkumar Ramachandra:
>>>>> Ramkumar Ramachandra wrote:
>>>>>> [1]:
>>>>> ... and the patches were rejected. Lennart says that UML providing
>>>>> /dev/tty* is wrong, and that UML should call them /dev/hvc* (or
>>>>> something). Can we do something about the situation? Can we remove
>>>>> /dev/tty*, and provide /dev/hvc*? Will we be breaking existing users?
>>>>> Thanks.
>>>>> Lennart Poettering wrote:
>>>>>> UML shouldn't be penalized for not implementing some terminal emulation,
>>>>>> but it should be penalized for doing so under the label of "VT support",
>>>>>> which it simply is not providing.
>>>>>> They can call their ttys any way they want. If the call them
>>>>>> /dev/tty[1..64] however, then they need to implement the VC
>>>>>> interfaces. All of them.
>>>> Lennart, can you please explain us why /dev/tty[1..64] is forced to
>>>> have virtual console support?
>> /dev/tty[1..64] is the userspace API to the kernel VT subsystem. If you
>> support it you need to match up all /dev/tty[1..64] with a
>> /dev/vcs[1..64] + /dev/vcsa[1..64]. You need to expose a tty that
>> understands TERM=linux and the ioctls listed on console_ioctl(4). You
>> need /dev/tty0 as something that behaves like a symlink to the fg
>> VT. You should also support files like /sys/class/tty/tty0/active with
>> its POLLHUP iface.
> I sightly disagree with you.
> /dev/tty[1..64] is not directly bound to VT.
> You can have systems with CONFIG_VT=n and still have /dev/tty[1..64].
> Linux supports this perfectly.
> UML does not have VT because having virtual consoles makes no sense.
> (Same like on s390)
> Thanks,
> //richard
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