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Bug#49524: building boot-floppies won't work on i386 without a video card

On Wed, Nov 24, 1999 at 09:12:19PM -0500, Adam Di Carlo wrote:
> nf <nf@marginal.net> writes:
> > boot-floppies uses dumpkeys to create binary keymaps for the rootdisk. this
> > breaks on systems without a ega/vga console.
> Anyone have thougts on this issue?

Well, I ran into this when I first started building boot-floppies on our
powerpc systems.  I considered building a tool using the loadkeys/console  
source that can convert keymaps to binary maps in a single pass without
involving the console driver itself.  It seemed to much of a hassle 
when I could just stick a VGA/keyboard on the box and build.  This only
affects builds and is not a completely unreasonable requirement.  At this
point, it hardly seems to be a critical issue, but it would be nice if it
would work.

It is a separate little task for somebody, though, since code from
loadkeys/dumpkeys and the console driver need to be combined into a 
standalone tool.  It could become part of console-tools to be maintained
in the future though since any change to those tools or the driver would
break this new tool.

Matt Porter
This is Linux Country. On a quiet night, you can hear Windows reboot.

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