[Bug 129910] Re: Blank ttys when using vesafb (vga=xxx)

Peter Garrett peter-garrett at ubuntu.com
Thu Feb 28 19:56:56 UTC 2008

On Thu, 28 Feb 2008 16:47:28 -0000
LeGreffi3R <skarottes at numericable.fr> wrote:

> Le jeudi 28 février 2008 à 14:21 +0000, PMan a écrit :
> > Come on guys. Please fix this with the fine and automatic upgrade
> > system. It's been way too long.
> > 
> No. In ubuntu, there are only security upgrade by default, this problem
> (not even a bug to me) is not a critical bug, so no upgrade.

The fact that it isn't a bug for *you* does not mean that it is not a

Among other things, it breaks apps that use the frame buffer without X -
for example, the fbi and fbgs programs, links2 -g called from a tty and
probably a number of others. 

In addition, it is still present in Hardy (the development version of
Ubuntu), so your argument regarding "security only" falls flat on its face.

The frame buffer has worked on every version of Linux that I have used
since I started in 2002. This is a regression, whether you like it or not.

I notice that Ben Collins is committing a change with vesafb, so perhaps
this absurd situation will be rectified after all. We live in hope.

Blank ttys when using vesafb (vga=xxx)
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