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Date:      Tue, 12 Sep 1995 14:09:31 +0200 (MET DST)
From:      J Wunsch <>
To: (David Anderson)
Subject:   Re: PCVT, cons25, and now X11
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <> from "David Anderson" at Sep 12, 95 01:09:38 am

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As David Anderson wrote:
> > Yes.  8-).  The answer is "whatever you say it is"; setting the foreground
> > high intensity bit under mono is the same as the blue bit under color.  I
> > believe you can remap it (I have no Idea how, though).
> Hmm.. Does anyone know how? :)

Please read the documentation under /usr/src/usr.sbin/pcvt/Misc/*/.
(Yeah, i'm going to install it somewhere under /usr/share/doc.)

Btw., on a VGA, you can define the exact RAMDAC values for each color
if you want, different for each VT.  Makes them visually disting-
uishable.  One of the things i'm so proud of. :-)

> > > > > 2- The screen would constanly become garbled. I would be typing something 
> > > > >    at the commandline and suddenly the cursor would just jump to the 
> > > > >    other side of the screen. 
> > > > What video card do you have; sounds like a non-linear VGA memory map?
> > > I have a Cirrus Logic 5426/8(clgd5428) and that's what pcvt reports on 
> > > bootup. 
> > 8-|.  I have no idea how it knows that.
> Because it probes the card and finds out that's what it is, just like X does?

Yes.  Please, contact Hellmuth Michaelis ( for

> > > > > 3- When the system boots up, everything is white on a red background. Not 
> > > > >    necessarily a problem, but it looks strange. 
> > > > Another attribute mapping.

Intention.  You can change it in a header file, for a future version
you'll be able to override it with a config option.

All kernel printf's are printed white on red; i believe this was
Hellmuth's idea to give them some "warning appearance".

> > > > I'd say PCVT was under the impression that your card was a mono card; does
> > > > it emulate one?  This could cause it to mis-probe the card.  You may want
> > > > to look at the dmesg output for boot and see what probe messages it puts
> > > > out to you.  Then contact the author for advice.
> > > And who is that? :)

Hellmuth, and me as a co-author and FreeBSD maintainer.

Again, make sure you've set your TERM variable correctly.

> Any ideas? If PCVT can get the same visual functionality of cons25, then 
> I'll switch, but if it's going to screw with the colors, then I'll just 
> have to suffer with cons25. :/

It has other ideas of the color mapping (both are certainly
gratuitous, as somebody else wrote you, there's no such thing as
"bold" on a color console).  You're the first one i know of who's
complaining about it's color assignments...

It's certainly got more functionality than syscons wrt. DEC VT style
emulation, while it misses all the SCO compat cruft.  Both is by

cheers, J"org --
Never trust an operating system you don't have sources for. ;-)

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