Bug 210413 - vidcontrol -c <normal|blink|destructive> does not work with vt(4)
Summary: vidcontrol -c <normal|blink|destructive> does not work with vt(4)
Status: Open
Alias: None
Product: Base System
Classification: Unclassified
Component: kern (show other bugs)
Version: CURRENT
Hardware: Any Any
: --- Affects Only Me
Assignee: freebsd-bugs (Nobody)
URL: https://reviews.freebsd.org/D11753
Keywords: vt
Depends on:
Blocks: 231027 203349
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Reported: 2016-06-20 18:38 UTC by Ed Maste
Modified: 2022-04-06 23:44 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Description Ed Maste freebsd_committer 2016-06-20 18:38:09 UTC
As reported on FreeBSD-current[1] setting the blink style via vidcontrol -c does not work with vt(4).

> I found the cause of this boot time message
> "vicontrol: setting cursor type: Inappropriate ioctl for device"
> In my rc.conf I had this statement
> vidcontrol -c blink -h 250
> From testing it seems that vt does not handle the "blink" option for causing the cursor to blink.

[1] https://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-current/2016-June/062015.html
Comment 1 Ed Maste freebsd_committer 2016-06-20 20:16:08 UTC
The CONS_CURSORTYPE ioctl used by vidcontrol -c is marked obsolete as of r81030[1], which reports that the ve/vi/vs capabilities in termcap cons25 can be used to set the desired cursor attributes (although that is not implemented in vt(4) either).

[1] https://svnweb.freebsd.org/changeset/base/81030
Comment 2 Ben RUBSON 2016-09-15 13:22:34 UTC
I'm facing the same issue with the following in my rc.conf :

I then temporarily switched back to sc using the following in my /boot/loader.conf :

Would then be nice for vt to support blinking cursor.

Many thanks !
Comment 3 Ben RUBSON 2018-04-25 11:23:37 UTC
Can D11753 be merged (and backported to stable/11) ?
Many thanks !
Comment 4 Jean-Sébastien Pédron freebsd_committer 2018-06-10 16:09:25 UTC
I added a comment to the review above. To me, the patch is not ready to be committed.
Comment 5 Mark Linimon freebsd_committer freebsd_triage 2021-05-21 00:24:03 UTC
^Triage: this no longer seems to be "in progress".