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RE: dependency on rs_init

Subject: RE: dependency on rs_init
From: Richard van den Berg <>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 1998 19:17:58 +0200 (MET DST)
In-reply-to: <Pine.SV4.3.91.980827132232.9499A-100000@mech>
Reply-to: Richard van den Berg <>
On Thu, 27 Aug 1998, Gleb O. Rajko wrote:

> > The other one is using the PROM routines (works on all DECstations). This is
> > what promcon.c in arch/mips/dec is for and is intended as a temporary
> > solution until we have charakter device drivers to use as console devices 
> > for
> > all DECstations. 
> Why temporary solution ? My experience shows prom console is good 
> enough to have it permanently. It's bug free, the code is small, higher 
> console code allows to emulate linux-like terminal on top of prom console.

I prefer a serial console for a prom console, the prom console on a
DS5k/25 is slower than a terminal connected at 9600 bps.

> I would recommend to look at SPARC/Linux code beginning from 2.1.109 
> (according to vger cvs tree, I don't know what is Linus' version that 
> corresponds to). Around this version console stuff was rewritten and became 
> more clear. Now, SPARC/Linux allows to have several consoles: prom, 
> sbus and ATI Mach (available only on UltraSparc). There are also
> run-time options to select, something like console=prom.

DECstations in the 5k series allow several TURBOchannel Option Modules,
I doubt if you have a framebuffer that one wants the use the promconsole,
perhaps in single user mode in an emergency case. As of Linus' version
2.1.107 framebuffers are used.



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