WSCONS(4) NetBSD Kernel Interfaces Manual WSCONS(4)
wscons -- workstation console access
wsdisplay* at ... wskbd* at ... mux N wsmouse* at ... mux N pseudo-device wsmux options WSEMUL_SUN options WSEMUL_VT100 options WSEMUL_NO_DUMB options WSEMUL_DEFAULT="xxx" options WS_DEFAULT_FG=WSCOL_XXX options WS_DEFAULT_BG=WSCOL_XXX options WS_DEFAULT_COLATTR="(WSATTR_XXX | WSATTR_YYY)" options WS_DEFAULT_MONOATTR="(WSATTR_XXX | WSATTR_YYY)" options WS_KERNEL_FG=WSCOL_XXX options WS_KERNEL_BG=WSCOL_XXX options WS_KERNEL_COLATTR="(WSATTR_XXX | WSATTR_YYY)" options WS_KERNEL_MONOATTR="(WSATTR_XXX | WSATTR_YYY)" options WSDISPLAY_COMPAT_PCVT options WSDISPLAY_COMPAT_SYSCONS options WSDISPLAY_COMPAT_USL options WSCOMPAT_USL_SYNCTIMEOUT=nnn options WSDISPLAY_COMPAT_RAWKBD options WSKBD_EVENT_AUTOREPEAT options WSKBD_USONLY
The wscons driver provides support for machine independent access to the console. wscons is made of a number of cooperating modules, in particular · hardware support for display adapters, keyboards and mice, see wsdisplay(4), wskbd(4), and wsmouse(4) · input event multiplexor, see wsmux(4) · terminal emulation modules (see below), and · compatibility options to support control operations and other low- level behaviour of existing terminal drivers (see below) Terminal emulations wscons does not define its own set of terminal control sequences and spe- cial keyboard codes in terms of terminfo(5). Instead a ``terminal emulation'' is assigned to each virtual screen when the screen is cre- ated. (See wsconscfg(8).) Different terminal emulations can be active at the same time on one display. The following choices are available: dumb This minimal terminal support is available unless the kernel option options WSEMUL_NO_DUMB was specified at build time. No control sequences are supported besides the ASCII control charac- ters. The cursor is not addressable. Only ASCII keyboard codes will be delivered, cursor and functions keys do not work. sun The ``sun'' console emulation is available if options WSEMUL_SUN was specified at kernel build time. It supports the control sequences of SUN machine consoles and delivers its keyboard codes for function and keypad keys in use. This emulation is suffi- cient for full-screen applications. vt100 is available with the kernel compile option options WSEMUL_VT100. It provides the most commonly used functions of DEC VT100 termi- nals with some extensions introduced by the DEC VT220 and DEC VT320 models. The features of the original VT100 which are not or not completely implemented are: · VT52 support, 132-column-mode, smooth scroll, light back- ground, keyboard autorepeat control, external printer sup- port, keyboard locking, newline/linefeed switching: Escape sequences related to these features are ignored or answered with standard replies. (DECANM, DECCOLM, DECSCLM, DECSCNM, DECARM, DECPFF, DECPEX, KAM, LNM) · Function keys are not reprogrammable and fonts can not be downloaded. DECUDK and DECDLD sequences will be ignored. · Neither C1 control set characters will be recognized nor will 8-bit keyboard codes be delivered. · The ``DEC supplemental graphic'' font is approximated by the ISO-latin-1 font, though there are subtle differences. · The actual rendering quality depends on the underlying graph- ics hardware driver. Characters might be missing in the available fonts and be substituted by more or less fitting replacements. Depending on the keyboard used, not all function keys might be available. In addition to the plain VT100 functions are supported: · ANSI colors. · Some VT220-like presentation state settings and -reports (DECRSPS), especially tabulator settings. In most applications, wscons will work sufficiently as a VT220 emulator. The WSEMUL_DEFAULT kernel option is used to select one of the described terminal options as the default choice. The default takes effect at ker- nel startup, i.e. for the operating system console or additional screens allocated through the WSDISPLAY_DEFAULTSCREENS option (see wsdisplay(4)), or if no emulation type was passed to the wsconscfg(8) utility. Compatibility options These options allow X servers and other programs using low-level console driver functions usually written specifically for other console drivers to run on NetBSD systems. The options are in particular: WSDISPLAY_COMPAT_USL Support the protocol for switches between multiple virtual screens on one display as used by most PC-UNIX variants. This is used by the NetBSD wsconscfg(8) utility. WSDISPLAY_COMPAT_RAWKBD Allows to get raw XT keyboard scancodes from PC keyboards as needed by i386 X servers. WSDISPLAY_COMPAT_PCVT Emulates enough of the NetBSD/i386 ``pcvt'' driver to make X servers work. WSDISPLAY_COMPAT_SYSCONS Emulates enough of the FreeBSD ``syscons'' driver to make X servers work. Useful with FreeBSD binary emulation. Linux/i386 X servers usually run successfully if the first two options are enabled together with the NetBSD Linux binary emulation. (To have programs looking for device special files of other console driv- ers find the wscons driver entry points, symlinks are a helpful measure.) Other options options WS_DEFAULT_FG=WSCOL_XXX options WS_DEFAULT_BG=WSCOL_XXX options WS_DEFAULT_COLATTR="(WSATTR_XXX | WSATTR_YYY)" options WS_DEFAULT_MONOATTR="(WSATTR_XXX | WSATTR_YYY)" Make default console output appear in specific colors and attributes. WS_DEFAULT_FG and WS_DEFAULT_BG set the foreground and background used on color displays. WS_DEFAULT_COLATTR and WS_DEFAULT_MONOATTR are additional attribute flags used on color or monochrome displays, respectively. Whether the attributes are supported or not depends on the actually used graphics adapter. These options are ignored by the ``dumb'' terminal emulation. See src/sys/dev/wscons/wsdisplayvar.h for available WSCOL_XXX and WSATTR_XXX values. options WS_KERNEL_FG=WSCOL_XXX options WS_KERNEL_BG=WSCOL_XXX options WS_KERNEL_COLATTR="(WSATTR_XXX | WSATTR_YYY)" options WS_KERNEL_MONOATTR="(WSATTR_XXX | WSATTR_YYY)" Make console output originating from the kernel appear differ- ently than output from user level programs (via /dev/console or the specific tty device like /dev/ttyE0). Their meaning is the same as their WS_DEFAULT_* counterparts. options WSCOMPAT_USL_SYNCTIMEOUT=nnn The virtual screen switching protocol enabled by WSDISPLAY_COMPAT_USL uses a somewhat complex handshake protocol to pass control to user programs such as X servers controlling a virtual screen. In order to prevent a non-responsive appli- cation from locking the whole console system, a screen switch will be rolled back after a 5 second timeout if the application does not respond. This option can be used to specify in sec- onds a different timeout value. options WSKBD_EVENT_AUTOREPEAT If set, this option enables auto repeat even in event mode. The auto repeat will generate key down events while the key is pressed. options WSKBD_USONLY In order to strip down the space usage of wscons, all keymaps except the US english one can be removed from the kernel with this option, which results in a space gain of about 10kB.
wsdisplay(4), wskbd(4), wsmouse(4), wsmux(4), wsconscfg(8), wsconsctl(8), wsfontload(8), wscons(9) NetBSD 9.0 June 5, 2012 NetBSD 9.0
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