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<title>Elvis-2.2_1 Operating System Notes</title>
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<h1>9. Operating System Notes</h1>
Elvis 2.2 currently runs under <a href="#msdos">MS-DOS</a>,
<a href="#win32">MS-WindowsNT/MS-Windows95</a>,
<a href="#os2">OS/2</a>,
and many versions of <a href="#unix">UNIX</a>.
This chapter describes the quirks of each implementation.
<p>In addition, Elvis has been reported to work under a few
<a href="#other">other operating systems.</a>
It isn't officially supported under these yet.
<h2><a name="msdos"></a>9.1 MS-DOS</h2>
Elvis 2.2 was ported to MS-DOS by Steve Kirkendall, using code from
Guntram Blohm and Martin Patzel's MS-DOS port of Elvis 1.X.
It also uses Thomas Wagner's "exec" function to swap Elvis out to
EMS/XMS memory or disk, while running another program.
<dl>
<dt>The "os" option
<dd>Under MS-DOS, the <a href="elvisopt.html#os">os</a> option's value is
"msdos".
<dt>The "shell" option
<dd>The default value of <a href="elvisopt.html#shell">shell</a> is
"C:\COMMAND.COM".
This can be overridden by the value of the COMSPEC environment variable.
<dt>The "lpout" option
<dd>The default value of the <a href="elvisopt.html#lpout">lpout</a> option
is "PRN", which causes the
<a href="elvisex.html#lpr">:lpr</a> command to write its output directly
to the printer.
<p>I tried to make it use the spooler program, PRINT, but failed.
The first problem I ran into was the fact that PRINT can't read data from
stdin; it must be given the name of a file.
To work around this problem, I modified the osmsdos/osprg.c file to allow
$1 in the command line to be replaced by the name of Elvis' temporary file
that contains the print data.
<p>This lead to the the second problem:
PRINT doesn't make a copy of the file, and Elvis deletes the temporary file
as soon as PRINT exits.
Since PRINT exits before the file has been printed completely, this means
that the file is deleted before PRINT is through reading it.
The print job is truncated.
I was unable to find a way around this problem, so I gave up and just
set lpout=PRN.
<dt>The "ccprg" option
<dd>The default value of the <a href="elvisopt.html#ccprg">ccprg</a> option
is "<code>cl /c ($1?$1:$2)</code>", which is appropriate for MSVC++ 1.5.
This way, you can run <a href="elvisex.html#cc">:cc</a> without arguments
to compile (but not link) the current source file.
If you supply arguments, they'll be used instead of the filename.
<dt>The "makeprg" option
<dd>The default value of the <a href="elvisopt.html#makeprg">makeprg</a> option
is "<code>make</code>". You might consider changing it to
"<code>nmake -f ($1?$1:basename($2)".mak")</code>", would allow MSVC++ 1.5
to compile "foo.c" via the "foo.mak" makefile, unless you invoke
<a href="elvisex.html#make">:make</a> with command-line arguments naming
a different makefile.
<dt>The "elvispath" option
<dd>The default value of the <a href="elvisopt.html#elvispath">elvispath</a>
option is "<code>~\dotelvis;BIN\data;BIN\doc</code>", where BIN is the directory
where <code>elvis.exe</code> resides.
Note that elements of the path are separated with semicolons.
The ~ character is replaced by the value of the
<a href="elvisopt.html#home">home</a> option, which is also usually the
name of the directory where <code>elvis.exe</code> resides.
<dt>The "blksize" option
<dd>The <a href="elvisopt.html">blksize</a> option controls the size of
Elvis' data blocks.
Under other operating systems this is usually 2048, but for MS-DOS is it
reduced to 1024 because memory is tight.
<p>If you're going to be editing a large file, you may want to increase the
block size.
The only way to do that is to invoke Elvis with a "-b2048" argument.
You can't change it via ":set blksize=..." because by then the
session file would have already been created with the old block size.
Once Elvis starts, you should probably ensure that the
<a href="elvisopt.html#blkcache">blkcache</a> is no more than 6 or so,
or else Elvis may run out of memory unexpectedly.
<dt>The "TERM" environment variable
<dd>The TERM environment variable tells Elvis how to access the screen.
If it is undefined, or set to "pcbios", then Elvis will use BIOS calls to
access the screen.
This should work on all MS-DOS systems, but it isn't very fast.
<p>If TERM is set to "dosansi" then Elvis will output escape sequences which
are supported by the ANSI.SYS driver.
This isn't recommended;
ANSI.SYS is just as slow as the BIOS, and it isn't as powerful so Elvis is
forced to redraw the screen instead of scrolling it, in some circumstances.
<p>If TERM is set to "nansi" then Elvis will output escape sequences which
are supported by more capable drivers, such as NANSI.SYS and FANSI.SYS.
These drivers usually bypass the BIOS, so they are very fast.
If you're looking for a way to speed up Elvis, this is probably your best bet.
The Web URL for these drivers is listed in the
<a href="elvistip.html#URLS">Tips</a> chapter.
<p>Elvis also supports "vt220" which use DEC VT-220 escape
codes, and "ansi" which uses true ANSI escape codes for both input and
output. "ansi" doesn't work with ANSI.SYS!
<dt>The "termcap" user interface
<dd>Under MS-DOS, Elvis normally uses the
<a href="elvisgui.html#termcap">termcap user interface</a>.
It supports the <a href="elvisex.html#color">:color</a> command, and the
mouse.
<dt>Missing features
<dd>Because Elvis must run in the lower 640k, it is normally
compiled with certain features disabled. If you want to enable these,
or disable more of them, you'll need to edit the <code>config.h</code> file
and recompile Elvis. Normally the missing features are:
<ul>
<li><strong>DISPLAY_TEX</strong>
- the TeX display mode.
<li><strong>PROTOCOL_HTTP</strong> and <strong>PROTOCOL_FTP</strong>
- These two must remain disabled, because no source code is provided for
supporting these features under MS-DOS.
You can't enable them unless you write the necessary WinSock code.
(And if you do write that code, please share it with me!)
<li><strong>FEATURE_ARRAY</strong>
- The use of subscripts to access parts of strings, in the built-in calculator.
<li><strong>FEATURE_BACKTICK</strong>
- backticks around a shell command, in a filename.
<li><strong>FEATURE_BROWSE</strong>
- The <a href="elvisex.html#browse">:browse</a> and
<a href="elvisex.html#sbrowse">:sbrowse</a> commands.
<li><strong>FEATURE_COMPLETE</strong>
- The <a href="elvisex.html#Tab">&lt;Tab&gt; key in ex command lines</a>
normally attempts to complete a file name or other word.
<li><strong>FEATURE_FOLD</strong>
- The <a href="elvisex.html#fold">:fold</a> command.
<li><strong>FEATURE_G</strong>
- Most of the visual commands that start with a "g" prefix, such as
<a href="elvisvi.html#gj">gj</a>.
<li><strong>FEATURE_HLOBJECT</strong>
- The <a href="elvisopt.html#hlobject">hlobject</a>
and <a href="elvisopt.html#hllayers">hllayers</a> options.
<li><strong>FEATURE_HLSEARCH</strong>
- The <a href="elvisopt.html#hlsearch">hlsearch</a> option.
<li><strong>FEATURE_INCSEARCH</strong>
- The <a href="elvisopt.html#incsearch">incsearch</a> option, which enables incremental searching.
<li><strong>FEATURE_MAPDB</strong>
- The map debugger, including the <a href="elvisex.html#break">:break</a> command.
<li><strong>FEATURE_NORMAL</strong>
- The vim-style <a href="elvisex.html#normal">:normal</a> command, which allows
ex scripts to use vi commands.
<li><strong>FEATURE_PROTO</strong>
- Use of aliases to add new URL protocols.
<li><strong>FEATURE_RAM</strong>
- This would allow Elvis to store its edit buffers in EMS/XMS memory instead
of a session file, by specifying "-f ram" on the command line. This makes
Elvis run much faster, but you can't recover the contents of the edit buffers
after a crash. Also, the Microsoft functions for accessing EMS/XMS memory
are bulky and require a fairly large buffer space, so if you #define FEATURE_RAM
then you must #undef every other FEATURE_XXXXX, and even then you may run out
of memory occasionally.
<li><strong>FEATURE_REGION</strong>
- The <a href="elvisex.html#region">:region</a> command, which allows you to
change the coloration of certain lines.
<li><strong>FEATURE_SHOWTAG</strong>
- The <a href="elvisopt.html#show">show</a> option's "tag" keyword,
which attempts to continually display the name of the function you're editing.
<li><strong>FEATURE_SMARTARGS</strong>
- The <a href="elvisopt.html#smartargs">smartargs</a> option, which shows
you a function's parameters when you type its name into your edit buffer.
<li><strong>FEATURE_SPELL</strong>
- The <a href="elvistip.html#SPELL">spell checker</a>.
<li><strong>FEATURE_TEXTOBJ</strong>
- <a href="elvisvi.html#textobject">Text objects</a>, which give you more ways
to use use the operator commands.
</ul>
</dl>
<h2><a name="win32"></a>9.2 MS-Windows95/MS-WindowsNT</h2>
Elvis 2.2 was ported to Windows95/WindowsNT as a text application
by Steve Kirkendall.
The graphical user interface was written by Serge Pirotte
(<a href="mailto:serge_pirotte@3com.com">serge_pirotte@3com.com</a>).
<p>Windows doesn't allow a single program to have both a text-mode interface
and a graphical interface, so we include two separate versions of Elvis.
ELVIS.EXE is the text-mode version, and WinElvis.EXE is the graphical version.
Run "<code>elvis -G?</code>" for a list of the text-mode user interfaces
supported; you will generally want to use the "<a href="elvisgui.html#termcap">termcap</a>" interface. The graphical version, of course, is unable to output such a list.
It supports two user interfaces, named
"<a href="elvisgui.html#windows">windows</a>" and
"<a href="elvisgui.html#quit">quit</a>".
<dl>
<dt>The "os" option
<dd>Under Windows95/WindowsNT, the <a href="elvisopt.html#os">os</a> option's
value is "win32".
<dt>The "shell" option
<dd>The default value of <a href="elvisopt.html#shell">shell</a> is "cmd".
If the COMSPEC environment variable is set (and it normally is),
then its value will be used instead of "cmd".
This is important, because Windows95 uses "COMMAND.COM" instead of "CMD.EXE".
<dt>The "lpout" option
<dd>The default value of the <a href="elvisopt.html#lpout">lpout</a> option
is "PRN", which causes the <a href="elvisex.html#lpr">:lpr</a> command
to send text directly to the printer.
However, in Windows98 and later, you will probably need to make a print queue
capture an LPT port as described in the "<a href="howto.html#prn">howto</a>"
section.
(This isn't necessary if you're using the graphical WinElvis with
lptype=windows as described in the next paragraph.)
<dt>The "lptype" option
<dd>The default value of the <a href="elvisopt.html#lptype">lptype</a> option
is "dumb" in <code>elvis.exe</code>, or "windows" in <code>WinElvis.exe</code>.
<p>The "windows" printer type is only available in WinElvis; it causes Elvis to
use the standard Windows graphics-oriented print spooler.
This is a very slow way to print, but it is portable and produces good-looking
output.
<dt>The "ccprg" option
<dd>The default value of the <a href="elvisopt.html#ccprg">ccprg</a> option
is "<code>cl /c ($1?$1:$2)</code>", which is appropriate for MSVC++ 2.0 or later.
This way, you can run <a href="elvisex.html#cc">:cc</a> without arguments
to compile (but not link) the current source file.
If you supply arguments, they'll be used instead of the filename.
<dt>The "makeprg" option
<dd>The default value of the <a href="elvisopt.html#makeprg">makeprg</a> option
is "<code>make</code>". You might consider changing it to
"<code>nmake -f ($1?$1:basename($2)".mak")</code>", would allow MSVC++ 2.0
(or later)
to compile "foo.c" via the "foo.mak" makefile, unless you invoke
<a href="elvisex.html#make">:make</a> with command-line arguments naming
a different makefile.
<dt>The "elvispath" option
<dd>The default value of <a href="elvisopt.html#elvispath">elvispath</a>
is "<code>~\dotelvis;BIN\data;BIN\doc</code>", where BIN is the name of the
directory where ELVIS.EXE resides.
Note that elements of the path are separated with semicolons.
The ~ character is replaced by the value of the
<a href="elvisopt.html#home">home</a> option, which is usually
C:\users\default for WindowsNT.
<p>Unlike MS-DOS, Win32 doesn't pass the full pathname of the .EXE file
as an argument to the program.
So the when the Win32 version of Elvis starts up, the first thing it does
is search for ELVIS.EXE in your execution path.
It must do this in order to find the value to use as BIN.
<dt>The "TERM" environment variable
<dd>The TERM environment variable tells Elvis how to access the screen.
It should probably be left undefined, or set to "console" or "cygwin".
Other values have not been tested, but the following should work via
terminal emulators or whatever: dosansi, nansi, vt100, vt100w, and vt52.
<dt>Console size
<dd>Win32 distinguishes between a console's buffer size and its window size.
Many users like to set the buffer to a huge size (e.g., 100 lines) but leave
the window set at 25 lines.
They do this so they can scroll back and review earlier programs' output.
<p>When Elvis starts, it creates a separate buffer which is the same size
as the window (except under Windows95 which has bugs in this area).
Elvis does this mostly so the scrollbar will go away.
If you change the buffer size while Elvis is running, Elvis will adjust
the size of the window to match the new buffer size, and then redraw the
text to take advantage of the new screen size.
<p>You can change the console buffer's size by setting the
<a href="elvisopt.html#ttyrows">ttyrows</a> and
<a href="elvisopt.html#ttycolumns">ttycolumns</a> options.
In WindowsNT, you can also change the size via the console's Properties dialog.
<p>When you exit Elvis, the console will revert to its original buffer and
original window size.
<dt>Mouse
<dd>In WinElvis (graphical mode), the mouse works about like you'd expect.
You can select character spans by dragging the mouse through the text while
holding the left button down. You can select a rectangular area by dragging
with the right button down. To select whole lines, move the mouse to the
left margin, where the cursor shape changes to an up-and-right arrow, and
start dragging with the left button there. Double-clicking on a word with
the left button will do a tag search on that word; double-clicking the right
button pops returns to the original position.
At present, there is no way to bring up a menu with the right button.
<p>In Elvis (text mode), the mouse should work both in full-screen mode and
in a window. Dragging with the left, right, or both buttons pressed is will
select characters, whole lines, or a rectangular block, respectively.
If you have a three-button mouse and the appropriate driver, dragging with
the middle button pressed will also select a rectangular block.
Clicking the left button will cancel a pending text selection, and move
the cursor.
Clicking the right button will move the cursor; if a text selection is
pending, it will be extended to the new cursor position.
Double-clicking the left or right button will follow a hypertext reference
or return from one, respectively.
<p>There is a weird bug in WindowsNT's text-mode mouse support.
If, when the console is shown in a window, part of that console is located
off-screen, then the mouse won't be able to move there, <em>even if you're
currently in full-screen mode!</em>
Since WindowsNT will sometimes resize your console when you switch between
full-screen and windowed modes, this might not be obvious.
But if the mouse refuses to move onto part of your full-screen console,
I suggest you switch back to windowed mode and reduce the size of your font
there.
When you switch back to full-screen mode again it will look exactly the same,
but the mouse should be able to go where no mouse has gone before.
<dt>Cygwin
<dd>If you use <a href="elvistip.html#cygwin">Cygwin</a>'s <code>mount</code>
utility to define a mount table, then Elvis will try to use it.
I say "try to" because that table is maintained in the Win32 registry,
and although Elvis can handle the current version of Cygwin, later versions
may move the mount table to somewhere that Elvis can't find.
Elvis doesn't use the normal Cygwin functions for mapping file names via
the mount table, because I didn't want to make Elvis be dependent upon
the CYGWIN.DLL library;
instead, Elvis uses standard Win32 registry functions to read the mount table.
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<p>Only Elvis has been modified to use the mount table.
The other utilities (such as <a href=ctags.man>ctags</a>,
<a href=fmt.man>fmt</a>, and Elvis' version of <code>ls</code>)
will ignore the mount table.
Also, even Elvis will ignore it with respect to the names of the session
file and temporary files (the <a href="elvisopt.html#session">session</a>,
<a href="elvisopt.html#sessionpath">sessionpath</a>,
and <a href="elvisopt.html#directory">directory</a> options).
<p>Some problems have been reported when running the text-mode version of
Elvis via the <code>bash</code> shell.
I'm trying to fix that.
The graphical version of Elvis works fine, though.
</dl>
<h2><a name="os2"></a>9.3 OS/2</h2>
Elvis 2.0 was ported to OS/2 by Lee Johnson, but that port was too late to
be included in the standard distribution of Elvis 2.0.
After that, Martin "Herbert" Dietze took over the job, and brought it up to
date for Elvis 2.2. OS/2-specific bug reports or comments should be sent
to <a href="herbert@the-little-red-haired-girl.org">herbert@the-little-red-haired-girl.org</a>.
<p>There are four separate versions of Elvis for OS/2, each one compiled
with slightly different features.
The version that most people will want to use is named <code>elvis.exe</code>.
It uses the <a href="elvisgui.html#vio">vio</a> user interface,
and includes network support so Elvis can read via HTTP,
and read or write via FTP.
<p>But a few OS/2 systems might not have the TCP/IP libraries installed,
so the normal <code>elvis.exe</code> version won't work there.
A stripped-down version named <code>elvis-no-tcp.exe</code> is provided
for use on those systems.
It also uses the <a href="elvisgui.html#vio">vio</a> user interface,
but it omits the network support so it doesn't require any special libraries.
<p>There is also a version named <code>elvisemx.exe</code> which supports the
<a href="elvisgui.html#termcap">termcap</a> user interface
in addition to the standard <a href="elvisgui.html#vio">vio</a> interface.
This should allow you to run Elvis over a telnet connection.
However, it requires the EMX.DLL library,
in addition to OS/2's TCP/IP libraries.
(See the <a href="elvistip.html#emx">Tips</a> chapter for EMX links.)
<p>The last version is named <code>elvisx11.exe</code>.
It supports the <a href="elvisgui.html#x11">x11</a> graphical
interface in addition to VIO and termcap interfaces.
For instructions on how to run Elvis with X11 under OS/2,
see <a href="#os2x11">section 9.3.1</a> below.
It requires the TCP/IP and EMX libraries, and at least some parts of the
XFree86 package.
<p>The following lists the OS/2-specific quirks that are common to all versions:
<dl>
<dt>The "os" option
<dd>Under OS/2, the <a href="elvisopt.html#os">os</a> option's
value is "os2".
<dt>The "shell" option
<dd>The default value of <a href="elvisopt.html#shell">shell</a> is "cmd.exe".
<dt>The "lpout" option
<dd>The default value of the <a href="elvisopt.html#lpout">lpout</a> option
is "PRN", which causes the <a href="elvisex.html#lpr">:lpr</a> command to
send text directly to the printer.
<dt>The "ccprg" option
<dd>The default value of the <a href="elvisopt.html#ccprg">ccprg</a> option
is "<code>gcc -c ($1?$1:$2)</code>". You may want to change it.
This way, you can run <a href="elvisex.html#cc">:cc</a> without arguments
to compile (but not link) the current source file.
If you supply arguments, they'll be used instead of the filename.
<dt>The "makeprg" option
<dd>The default value of the <a href="elvisopt.html#makeprg">makeprg</a> option
is "<code>make $1</code>".
<dt>The "elvispath" option
<dd>The default value of <a href="elvisopt.html#elvispath">elvispath</a>
is "<code>~\dotelvis;BIN\data;BIN\doc</code>", where BIN is the name of the
directory where <code>elvis*.exe</code> resides.
Note that elements of the path are separated with semicolons.
The ~ character is replaced by the value of the
<a href="elvisopt.html#home">home</a> option.
<dt>The "TERM" environment variable
<dd>Although the OS/2 version of Elvis may support the "termcap" interface,
it usually uses its own "vio" interface for text console I/O. The "vio"
interface ignores TERM completely.
<p>But the termcap interface is still supported, if compiled using EMX/GCC
and linked against EMX.DLL both the usual "vio" and a termcap based
interface are available.
<dt>The mouse
<dd>The vio and termcap interfaces ignore the mouse.
The X11 interface does use the mouse, as described in the
<a href="elvisgui.html#x11.mouse">GUI chapter</a>.
</dl>
<h3><a name="os2x11">9.3.1 X11 under OS/2</a></h3>
To compile the X11 version of Elvis for OS/2, you need the full XFree86 package.
The <a href="elvistip.html#os2x11">Tips</a> chapter contains a link to the
Web page for the OS/2 version of XFree86.
<p>You should be able to run <code>elvisx11.exe</code> with XFree86
without any trouble.
You can also run <code>elvisx11.exe</code> under PMX provided you install
a few critical files from XFree86, as described in the following steps.
(Note that these steps are only necessary to run elvisx11 under PMX.
If you're using XFree86 then you can skip this.)
<br>
<ol>
<li>Unzip the XFree86 archive (normally XF32BIN.ZIP).
<pre>
unzip xf32bin</pre>
<li>Copy the file X11.DLL from XFree86\lib to a place in your LIBPATH.
<pre>
copy XFree86\libx11.dll e:\emx\dll</pre>
<li>Copy the complete directory hierarchy XFree86\lib\X11\locale to a
location of your choice (don't change it, e.g. by moving 'locale'
to XFree86 etc.). The following installs it under E:\EMX.
<pre>
md e:\emx\XFree86
md e:\emx\XFree86\lib
md e:\emx\XFree86\lib\X11
xcopy XFree68\lib\X11\locale e:\emx\XFree86\lib\X11\locale\ /s</pre>
<li>Set the X11ROOT environment variable to the drive and directory that
contains XFree86 using forward instead of backslashes to specify
paths.
<pre>
set X11ROOT=e:/emx</pre>
<li>Remove the XFree86 files, now that you've copied the ones you need.
Since OS/2 doesn't have a shell command for removing a whole directory
tree in one step, the easiest way to do this is via the WPS (OS/2's GUI).
</ol>
<h2><a name="unix"></a>9.4 UNIX</h2>
Elvis was originally written under UNIX, so it seems strange to say I ported
it to UNIX, but I'll say it anyway:
Elvis 2.2 was ported to UNIX by Steve Kirkendall, with a lot of feedback
from many people on the net.
<p>Since Elvis (and vi, for that matter) were originally designed and written
for UNIX, there aren't many quirks that show up for generic UNIX.
Most of this section will describe the quirks of individual
<a href="#versions">UNIX versions.</a>
<dl>
<dt>The "os" option
<dd>Under all versions of UNIX, the <a href="elvisopt.html#os">os</a> option's
value is "unix".
<dt>The "lpout" option
<dd>The default value of the <a href="elvisopt.html#lpout">lpout</a> option
is either "!lp -s" or "!lpr".
The choice is made by the <code>configure</code> script; if <code>/usr/bin/lp</code>
exists then it will use "!lp&nbsp;-s", else it will use "!lpr".
<dt>The "elvispath" option
<dd>The default value of <a href="elvisopt.html#elvispath">elvispath</a>
is usually <code>~/.elvis:/etc/elvis:/usr/share/elvis:/usr/share/elvis/doc</code>.
The <code>/usr/share/elvis</code> member of that path can be set via the
<strong>--datadir=</strong><var>directory</var> flag to the <code>configure</code>
script.
<p>
The <code>/etc/elvis</code> directory is where you should put any
system-wide modified versions of the configuration files.
Don't edit the standard versions in <code>/usr/share/elvis</code>.
<dt>Missing functions
<dd>If your linker reports an undefined function, such as strdup(),
then you should check the <code>need.h</code> and <code>need.c</code> files;
they contain implementations of many such functions.
To use Elvis' version of the missing function, edit the config.h file
and change "#undef NEED_XXX" to "#define NEED_XXX".
<p>In all of the officially supported Unix variants listed below,
the <code>configure</code> script automatically selects any necessary
NEED_XXX macros.
</dl>
<h3><a name="versions"></a>9.4.1 UNIX versions</h3>
The <code>configure</code> script works around most of the quirks of individual
UNIX versions.
Here, I will describe what <code>configure</code> does, or fails to do, for
each type of UNIX.
<dl>
<dt>SunOS and Solaris
<dd>SunOS and Solaris2 both claim to be SunOS, according to the <code>uname</code>
command.
However, their configuration is quite different, so the <code>configure</code>
script distinguishes between them by looking at the revision number output by
"<code>uname -r</code>".
<p>The SunOS port uses BSD's sgtty ioctl calls, instead of the POSIX calls,
even though SunOS supports the POSIX calls.
This choice was made because differences in signal handling
were preventing the SunOS port from responding to window resize signals.
<p>Solaris2 seems to have a bad implementation of rlogin, at least on the
system where I tested it.
It couldn't handle 2000-character write() calls.
Because this is a communication issue, and not purely a Solaris issue, I
decided to reduce the size of the output buffer for <em>all</em> systems
to 1500 bytes.
<p>The SunOS port uses termcap because I prefer it.
The Solaris port uses terminfo because Solaris doesn't seem to have a
termcap library.
<p>Sun's normal C compiler, "cc", only supports the old K&amp;R syntax, not
ANSI syntax. Some of your standard (non-Elvis) header files may include a
"const" declaration which K&amp;R doesn't understand, so if you aren't using
GCC then the configure script will append "-Dconst=" to the value of the CC
macro in your Makefile, so the "const" keyword will be ignored.
<p>If you configure Elvis to support X-windows, and your LD_LIBRARY_PATH
environment variable doesn't contain an X11 library directory, then
the <code>configure</code> script will output a warning message telling you
how to set that variable.
However, you might not need to set it; try running Elvis without setting
it first.
<dt>OSF-1
<dd>This configuration is rather weird.
I don't have access to an OSF-1 system myself, so it's hard for me to
make it less weird.
<p>The primary weirdness is that it uses tinytcap.c (by defining NEED_TGETENT
in the config.h file) instead of the real terminfo functions.
I suggest you try compiling without NEED_TGETENT.
<dt>BSD
<dd>For BSD, <code>configure</code> will try to use the shlicc2 compiler if it
is available, so Elvis can use shared libraries.
<p>Interestingly, the BSD port is configured to use POSIX ioctl calls instead
of BSD's own sgtty calls.
This may be a mistake.
If Elvis fails to adjust when you resize your xterm,
then I suggest you run "<code>configure --ioctl=sgtty</code>",
and recompile.
<dt>SCO
<dd>SCO likes to change the operating system name (as reported by the
"<code>uname</code>" command)
to match the network node name.
If uname reports a brand of Unix that <code>configure</code> doesn't recognize,
then <code>configure</code> will inspect the files on your system for evidence
that you're running SCO Unix/ODT or SCO Xenix.
If that test fails, you'll need to give the OS name on the the command line
when invoking <code>configure</code> (e.g., "<code>configure sco</code>"
or "<code>configure xenix</code>").
<p>When using an ANSI compiler,
SCO seems to require extern declarations of the termcap functions.
I added those declarations to the end of the "osunix/osdef.h" file.
<dt>Linux
<dd>Newer versions of Linux seem to have moved the definition of the speed_t
data type from its traditional location, &lt;sys/types.h&gt;.
The new location is &lt;termios.h&gt;, which makes sense since that's where the
legal values of speed_t are defined...
but because it is non-standard, I had to add a little extra code to the
"osunix/osdef.h" file to include &lt;termios.h&gt; for Linux.
</dl>
<h2><a name="other"></a>9.5 Other operating systems</h2>
Elvis has been reported to work without modification on
<strong>Atari ST/TT systems with MiNT.</strong>
The only special trick is that you must configure it with
"<code>configure&nbsp;--ioctl=sgtty</code>".
Without the "--ioctl=sgtty", Elvis would be configured to use the POSIX
termios ioctl() calls, which don't work quite right under MiNT.
<p>If you would like to port Elvis to another operating system,
please contact me first.
I can send you some notes I have about how the OS-dependent functions
in the os*/*.c files should behave, and also how the GUI functions should
behave.
That's normally all you need to write in order to port Elvis to a new
operating system.
<p>A <strong>Macintosh</strong> port is currently underway.
I still need volunteers to port it to <strong>VMS</strong>
and <strong>OS-9</strong>.
I would also welcome a port for any other popular system.
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