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dcons - dumb console device driver

 

NAME

      dcons - dumb console device driver
 

SYNOPSIS

      To compile this driver into the kernel, place the following lines in your
      kernel configuration file:
 
            options GDB
            device firewire
            device dcons
 
      Alternatively, to load the driver as a module at boot time, place the
      following line in your kernel configuration file:
 
            options GDB
 
      and in loader.conf(5):
 
            dcons_load="YES"
 

DESCRIPTION

      The dcons device is a simple console device which just reads from and
      writes to an allocated buffer for input and output respectively.  It is
      of no use by itself and it is supposed that the buffer is accessed via a
      bus like firewire(4) or kvm(3) for interaction.
 
      The buffer consists of 4 channels.  There are 2 ports, one for the con‐
      sole TTY and another is GDB port, then each port has an input channel and
      an output channel.
 

FILES

      /dev/dcons
      /etc/ttys
 

EXAMPLES

      If you want to run getty(8) on dcons, insert the following line into
      ttys(5) and send a HUP signal to init(8) using kill(1).
 
            dcons   "/usr/libexec/getty std.9600"   vt100   on  secure
 
      Once the fwohci(4) device is initialized to allow physical access, the
      buffer can be accessed from another host via a firewire(4) bus using the
      dconschat(8) application.  See dconschat(8) for more details.
      dcons_crom(4), ddb(4), firewire(4), fwohci(4), ttys(5), conscontrol(8),
      dconschat(8), fwcontrol(8)
 

AUTHORS

      Hidetoshi Shimokawa 〈simokawa@FreeBSD.org〉
 

BUGS

      This driver is currently under development.
 

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