Commit 52c2ee2a authored by Karoly Lorentey's avatar Karoly Lorentey

Cosmetic changes in README.multi-tty

git-archimport-id: lorentey@elte.hu--2004/emacs--multi-tty--0--patch-10
parent fca177d4
......@@ -24,22 +24,24 @@ Retrieving the latest version of the branch:
STATUS
------
Basic support is there; there are some rough edges, but it already
seems to be usable. Input is read from all terminals (NOT via
MULTIKBOARD!). At the moment, the type of the new terminals must be
the same as the initial terminal. Emacsclient has been extended to
support opening a new terminal frame.
Basic multi-tty support is there; there are some rough edges, but it
already seems to be usable. Emacsclient has been extended to support
opening a new terminal frame.
To try it out, start up the emacs server (M-x server-start), and then
(from a shell prompt on another terminal) start emacsclient with
emacsclient -h
You'll have two fully working frames on separate terminals. If you
exit emacs, both terminals should be restored to their previous
You'll hopefully have two fully working frames on separate terminals.
If you exit emacs, both terminals should be restored to their previous
states.
X, Mac, Windows and DOS support is broken at the moment.
At the moment you can not close terminals without exiting Emacs --
this will soon be implemented.
X, Mac, Windows and DOS support is broken, probably doesn't even
compile -- this will be solved later.
Tested under GNU/Linux only.
......@@ -51,8 +53,8 @@ For the NEWS file:
** Support for multiple terminal devices has been added. You can
specify a terminal device (`tty' parameter) and a terminal type
(`tty-type' parameter) to `make-terminal-frame'. `tty' must be a
terminal device created by the new emacsclient, or there will be
problems with terminal input and window resizes. (The kernel
terminal device created by the updated emacsclient, or there will
be problems with terminal input and window resizes. (The kernel
notifies processes about pending input or terminal resizes only on
the controlling terminal, so we need emacsclient to sit on the real
terminal device, create SIGIO signals upon terminal input, and
......@@ -83,17 +85,14 @@ DIARY OF CHANGES
(Done, see struct tty_output. The abstraction is not yet
complete.)
-- Change the bootstrap procedure to initialize tty_list.
(Done, but needs review.)
-- Change make-terminal-frame to support specifying another tty.
(Done, new frame parameters: `tty' and `tty-type'.)
-- Implement support for reading from multiple terminals.
(Done, read_avail_input tries to read from each terminal, until one
......@@ -120,15 +119,15 @@ DIARY OF CHANGES
(Done. It's an ugly hack, needs more work.)
-- Redisplay must refresh the topmost frame on all terminals, not just
the initial terminal.
-- Redisplay must refresh the topmost frame on *all* terminals, not
just the initial terminal.
(Done, but introduced ugly redisplay problems. Ugh.)
(Done, but introduced an ugly redisplay problems. Ugh.)
-- Fix redisplay problems.
(Done, it turned out that the entire Wcm structure must be moved
inside tty_output. Why was it so hard for me to find this out?)
(Done; it turned out that the entire Wcm structure must be moved
inside tty_output. Why didn't I catch this earlier?)
-- Provide a way for emacsclient to tell Emacs that the tty has been
resized.
......@@ -138,15 +137,15 @@ DIARY OF CHANGES
-- Each keypress should automatically select the frame corresponding
to the terminal that it was coming from. This means that Emacs
must know from which terminal the last keyboard event came from.
(Multikeyboard support may help with this.)
(Done, it was quite simple.)
(Done, it was quite simple, the input event system already
supported multiple frames.)
-- Fix SIGIO issue with secondary terminals.
(Done, emacsclient signals Emacs after writing to the proxy pseudo
terminal. This means that multi-tty does not work with raw ttys!)
terminal. Note that this means that multi-tty does not work with
raw ttys!)
-- Make make-terminal-frame look up the `tty' and `tty-type' frame
parameters from the currently selected terminal before the global
......@@ -158,7 +157,7 @@ DIARY OF CHANGES
Currently, they are still stored in global variables, so we don't
really support multiple terminal types.
(Done.)
(Done. It was not fun.)
-- Implement sane error handling after initialization. (Currently
emacs exits if you specify a bad terminal type.) The helpful error
......@@ -185,41 +184,43 @@ THINGS TO DO
Emacs usually dumps core after a few dozen iterations. (The bug
seems to be related to the xfree()ing or bzero()ing of
tty_output.Wcm. Maybe there are outside references to struct Wcm?
Sounds logical, otherwise these vars would not have been collected
into a struct. But where?)
tty_output.Wcm or some other tty_output part. Maybe there are
outside references to struct Wcm? Why were these vars collected
into a struct before multi-tty support?)
This does not seem to happen if the error occurs before terminal
The bug does not seem to happen if the error occurs before terminal
initialization or if I comment out all xfree()s in delete_frame.
Update: yes it does, although it is much rarer.
Update: yes it does, although it is much rarer. Or maybe it's
another bug.
** C-g should work on secondary terminals.
** Move optimalization parameters (costs) from union output_data to
a backend-neutral per-device structure.
** Implement automatic deletion of terminals when the last frame on
that terminal is closed.
** Make parts of struct tty_output accessible from Lisp. The device
name and the type is sufficient.
** Export delete_tty to the Lisp environment.
** Export delete_tty to the Lisp environment, for emacsclient.
** Implement support for starting an interactive Emacs session without
an initial frame. (The user would connect to it and open frames
later, with emacsclient.) Not necessarily a good idea.
** Support raw secondary terminals. (This one is tricky, SIGIO works
only on the controlling terminal.)
only on the controlling terminal. The emacsclient solution works
nicely, so this is not that important anyway.)
** What does interrupt_input do? I tried to disable it for raw
secondary tty support, but it seems not to do anything useful.
secondary tty support, but it does not seem to do anything useful.
** Fix X support.
** Move optimalization parameters (costs) from union output_data to
a backend-neutral per-device structure.
** Do tty output through term_hooks, too.
** Fix X support.
** Allow simultaneous X and tty frames.
** Fix Mac support (I can't do this myself).
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