This, I believe, is an unusual problem.
I have an old WYSE terminal that I wish to use as the console display
for a Linux box. The problem is that this terminal has no keyboard.
So I want to know: how can I get the Linux kernel to use the external
terminal with the standard PC keyboard as the console? (Note that I'm
doing this because I don't have any extra monitors lying around. And I
have tested that the terminal works. :-) )
I am perfectly willing to hack the kernel to do this. The solution I
see is to build a virtual character device driver--something like the md
device for software RAID--which uses the input from one (normal)
character device, and the output from another. I believe this would
also solve some other problems, like multi-heading with multiple USB
However, if there's an easier way already there, that would be good,
too. I just haven't heard of one.
I suppose it would also be useful to provide some way to open any
program as a virtual character device (i.e., write() ops are fed to
stdin, read() ops are read from stdout). But that may be beyond my
Anyway, I may be completely out there. I don't have any actual kernel
hacking experience, and pointers would be appreciated.