support for HW_SKIP_CONSOLE breaks use by blind people

Samuel Thibault sthibault at
Fri Jan 4 17:10:28 PST 2013

Alan Coopersmith, le Mon 31 Dec 2012 17:46:47 -0800, a écrit :
> On 12/31/12 05:36 PM, Samuel Thibault wrote:
> > Michal Suchanek, le Mon 31 Dec 2012 19:22:13 +0100, a écrit :
> >> why is that patch needed?
> >>
> >> It is quite non-obvious why would dummy driver require a console under
> >> any circumstances. It does not render anything anywhere so does not
> >> use console for anything.
> > 
> > The console *is* needed for keyboard input.
> > 
> > Again, the use case is blind people who have use of possessing an actual
> > screen, and thus don't have any, and thus have to use the dummy driver.
> So it sounds like that should be handled by the input driver, not the
> output driver.

Ok, that makes sense. Input drivers however don't currently have a way
to request the core to callxf86OpenConsole, similar to the absence of
the HW_SKIP_CONSOLE flag in the case of video drivers.

What do you recommend to add to the InputDriverRec? A driverFunc method
like video drivers? Something else?


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