Re: [PATCH 1/5] xen: Enable console tty by default in domU if it'snot a dummy

From: Andrew Morton
Date: Wed May 21 2008 - 20:27:34 EST

On Wed, 21 May 2008 10:38:50 +0200
Markus Armbruster <armbru@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Without console= arguments on the kernel command line, the first
> console to register becomes enabled and the preferred console (the one
> behind /dev/console). This is normally tty (assuming
> CONFIG_VT_CONSOLE is enabled, which it commonly is).
> This is okay as long tty is a useful console. But unless we have the
> PV framebuffer, and it is enabled for this domain, tty0 in domU is
> merely a dummy. In that case, we want the preferred console to be the
> Xen console hvc0, and we want it without having to fiddle with the
> kernel command line. Commit b8c2d3dfbc117dff26058fbac316b8acfc2cb5f7
> did that for us.
> Since we now have the PV framebuffer, we want to enable and prefer tty
> again, but only when PVFB is enabled. But even then we still want to
> enable the Xen console as well.
> Problem: when tty registers, we can't yet know whether the PVFB is
> enabled. By the time we can know (xenstore is up), the console setup
> game is over.
> Solution: enable console tty by default, but keep hvc as the preferred
> console. Change the preferred console to tty when PVFB probes
> successfully, unless we've been given console kernel parameters.

What a stunningly good changelog - I'd buy the tee-shirt.

Ack on the non-xen bits.
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