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Re: Console switching ioctls

From: Bas Wijnen
Subject: Re: Console switching ioctls
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2005 18:26:32 +0200
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On Thu, Aug 25, 2005 at 05:01:01PM +0200, Marco Gerards wrote:
> So I am considering a library that is capable of the same things as
> the ioctls.  Would that be a wise choice or is there any way to
> overcome the problems I described?  My choice would be a library that
> should be used for console switching, although it will make us
> incompatible.

If I understand you correctly we're going to be incompatible anyway (except if
we do some dirty hacks, which I wouldn't suggest).

So source code will need to be changed.  With the library, the changes will be
minimal and easy to implement (because there will be library calls for every
ioctl call).  If we make the library do the ioctl calls if compiled on other
systems, the programs using it will still work on all platforms after the
port.  That seems the most elegant solution to me.

Then again, I'd like a library for every other use of ioctl as well, as they
are too low-level, and therefore potentially non-portable.


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