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Re: console stuff (was: Re: argp limitation

From: Roland McGrath
Subject: Re: console stuff (was: Re: argp limitation
Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2002 04:51:03 -0500 (EST)

How are you handling keyboard LEDs?  

> Mmmh.  You know, I considered supporting a subset of the X server protocol
> for that, so that you can use an X font server which supplies the fonts to
> the console server, and xkb to configure your keyboard map.  That will
> definitely not be done in the first version, but hell, why not.

That is a wacky notion, but it might just make sense.  Certainly using the
xkb utilities from X directly is an attractive idea.  Not only is the
configuration based on a compatible format, it's actually the very same
commands to do the configuration to a pseudo-X server that is a virtual
console.  I wouldn't want the console server talking to xfs the way the X
server does, though.  For loadfont, you still want a user program that gets
font data from whereever (including from an xfs, or all manner of format
conversions it might do) and loads the data into the console server.

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