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Date:	Tue, 10 Nov 2009 13:30:08 +0100
From:	Daniel Mack <>
To:	David Newall <>
Cc:	Alan Cox <>,
	Clemens Ladisch <>,
	Greg Kroah-Hartman <>,
	Andrew Morton <>,
	Geert Uytterhoeven <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] vt: make the default cursor shape configurable

On Tue, Nov 10, 2009 at 10:35:12PM +1030, David Newall wrote:
> I'm having trouble seeing a flashing cursor during device startup as a
> problem. I expect it will prove a useful diagnostic, one day. I think
> you can turn it off (from user space) within a couple of seconds of
> power on; you did say embedded, didn't you? Perhaps you even can
> configure your hardware to not display the cursor on startup, which is
> the second likeliest (after user-space) place to satisfy your needs.

I'm talking about an embedded device with no keyboard connected but
only a touch screen. In this case, the cursor is clearly misleading, as
there is no input device to use it. And for such a case (and I'm sure
I'm not the only one having it), a way to switch the cursor off is much
appreciated. I don't believe that's so hard to understand, really.

"A couple of seconds" is still too much. We don't want to give the
impression of a terminal at all. The whole application starting
afterwards has no cursor either.


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