Well, give it a go. I can only be supportive. :)


On 24 January 2017 at 10:31, Anindya Mukherjee <anindy...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> Hi again,
> I have been switching back and forth between exploring the code and reading 
> J. Kong's Device Drivers book. As you explained, the first thing to tackle is 
> the coupling between vesa and sc. Right now I can't even load vesa unless the 
> kern.vty=sc, and then I cannot unload it.
> vesa depends on vesa.c and pulls in scvesactl.c for two functions: 
> vesa_load_ioctl() and vesa_unload_ioctl(). Although these are used only in 
> vesa.c, they depend on several structures (for example the virtual screen 
> structure scr_stat, and others) defined in syscons.h, which makes these two 
> systems coupled.
> I was wondering what would be a good way to decouple these dependencies. I 
> want to do the right thing even if it takes longer. Really appreciate you 
> taking the time to respond, thanks!
> Anindya
> ________________________________________
> From: Adrian Chadd [adrian.ch...@gmail.com]
> Sent: January 20, 2017 3:11 PM
> To: Anindya Mukherjee
> Cc: freebsd-current@freebsd.org
> Subject: Re: vt(4) chops off the leftmost three columns
> hiya,
> Mechanically it doesn't look /that/ hard:
> * vesa.ko pulls in the vesa.c bits and the syscons vesa control bits.
> Ideally we'd have them as two separate modules, so you could load
> "vesa" without needing the syscons bits.
> * Maybe then write a vt 'fb' interface to talk to the old-school
> framebuffer interface
> * Then (if we're lucky) we can have vt use the same VGA, VESA, (mach,
> creator, etc!) through the fb interface, rather than reimplementing
> its own.
> I looked at it and it doesn't look /that/ hard. If you only cared
> about vesa, then you could do something like what 'creator' and
> 'creator_vt' did in sys/dev/fb/ . It's just sad that the vt interface
> to the screen buffer isn't as complete as the older school framebuffer
> interface is.
> -adrian
> On 19 January 2017 at 12:35, Anindya Mukherjee <anindy...@hotmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi Adrian,
>> I was looking at the source for the vt driver. Wondering how much work it is 
>> to add VESA support to the VGA backend? As you say ATM it's hardcoded to use 
>> 640x480. Pardon my ignorance, but can we reuse any VESA code from syscons?
>> Also, how dependent is splash/screensaver support on the VESA implementation?
>> Thanks,
>> Anindya
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