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Bug#310766: No COM port support in dosemu-1.2.1 with linux kernel 2.6.x. No further debian package available.

On Wed, May 25, 2005 at 09:35:32PM +0200, Claudia Neumann wrote:
> No COM port support in latest version package dosemu-1.2.1 with linux
> kernel 2.6.x. Problem solved with dosemu version 1.3.2 available from
> www.dosemu.org.

FWIW, I have a package in mentors, but nobody has offered to upload it
to the archive.

> Other bugs: newer versions of dosemu install virtuel C:\> directory in
> the home directory of the user, not in /var/lib/dosemu.

Uh, that is wrong.  By default /var/lib/dosemu is used to locate
hdimages for readonly virtual C:, and the user's home directory becomes
virtual D:.  We don't want to be changing the default upstream

> So dosemu doesn't need to run suid root any more.

It never did need to, but it's nice if it does because more features are
accessible.  It drops root privileges as soon as possible if running
setuid, so the security risk is minimized.

> Dosemu-freedos package and Xfonts-dosemu package should be 
> included in dosemu package to ease installation for beginners.

A Recommends: is in order, but it makes little sense to integrate these
packages.  DOSEMU can be used with or without FreeDOS (example: MS-DOS,
DR-DOS, any other 8086 or DPMI OS).  The X font is only required if
running in X11 mode and no other VGA font is installed (some users
prefer the Bochs VGA font, for example).

DOSEMU with FreeDOS in X11 is a common use case but it is not exclusive
by far.

Ryan Underwood, <nemesis@icequake.net>

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