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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v4] ui/cocoa.m: Adds console items to the View m

From: Gerd Hoffmann
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v4] ui/cocoa.m: Adds console items to the View menu
Date: Tue, 12 May 2015 12:33:16 +0200


> We *could* do it that way, but it wouldn't look pretty. Instead of having 
> these menu items:
> VGA, Monitor, Serial, Parallel
> We would have these menu items:
> compat_monitor0
> serial0
> parallel0
> They look very anti-pretty.

Those (except VGA) come from the chardev name.  What you list here are
simply the default names qemu applies.  "Serial" and "serial0" are not
that different actually, and attaching a number makes sense as you can
have multiple serial lines.  Try 'qemu -serial vc -serial vc' and you'll
get another entry "serial1".

With a more verbose syntax you can have custom names for your chardevs,
try 'qemu -chardev vc,id=ttyS0 -device isa-serial,chardev=ttyS0".  And
IMO it makes sense to have the actual name of the chardev show up in the
menu so you know for sure which is which.

The 'compat_monitor0' is a bit ugly indeed, IIRC this used to be just
'monitor0' but that caused some backward compatibility issues so it got
renamed this way as quick stopgap.  When fixing that it would be good to
do it in the common code so it is the same for all UIs (as Peter already


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