vt(4) support on SPARC
nwhitehorn at freebsd.org
Tue Aug 5 18:34:30 UTC 2014
This is now in the tree, along with a driver for Creator 3D framebuffers
(thanks to dumbbell@!), so it should work anywhere syscons works.
Testing would be appreciated. If anyone has a system with framebuffers
currently unsupported by FreeBSD (XVR-500, for example), please let me
know -- getting them online should be pretty simple.
On 07/29/14 18:16, Nathan Whitehorn wrote:
> I haven't heard back from anyone. Since the changes to ofwfb are now
> in and the changes to the sparc64 kernel configuration don't affect
> default behavior, I will commit this at the end of the week so it can
> be tested more casually unless someone objects.
> On 07/20/14 12:46, Nathan Whitehorn wrote:
>> I'm hoping to collect test results for the patch at
>> It does the following things:
>> 1. Adds vt to SPARC64 GENERIC as a run-time selectable feature.
>> syscons is still the default, but you can try vt by setting
>> kern.vty=vt at the boot loader.
>> 2. Fix some bitrot in the sparc64 support in ofwfb, so that it
>> compiles again on SPARC.
>> 3. Removes some of the PCI-focused aspects of ofwfb and adds some
>> other improvements to it (not all of them SPARC-related).
>> This should work at least on all systems currently using machfb(4)
>> and provides a working graphics console on my Ultra 5. It likely
>> doesn't work on systems using creatorfb(4) -- I believe that will
>> require a different driver -- though I would very much appreciate
>> test results on such systems. It may also work on some systems that
>> currently have no working graphics console at all.
>> So, if you have a SPARC system with video hardware, I would really
>> appreciate it if you could give this a try. If you don't set kern.vty
>> at the loader prompt, it should not change anything.
>> If you try it on a non-Mach64 system and it provides a working
>> console, please let me know. If you try it and it does not work (no
>> matter what kind of graphics hardware), please also let me know and
>> tell me what kind of graphics card you have and send the output of
>> "ofwdump -p screen". Any other comments or test results would also be
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