Re: [dev] [PATCH] Simplify README

From: Claudio <>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:00:53 +0200

I got it. Right.

2014-08-18 15:04 GMT+02:00 Weldon Goree <>:
> On Mon, 2014-08-18 at 12:58 +0200, Claudio wrote:
>> AFAIK a terminal is an hardware device. Since st is only a software
>> implementation it's ok to call it a virtual terminal emulator, isn't?
> A virtual terminal presents the kernel the capabilities of a physical
> terminal (eg, /dev/tty3 or /dev/pts/1). A terminal emulator attaches
> input and output to a virtual terminal (though these programs are often
> called "virtual terminals" as well).
> A "virtual terminal emulator" would either be a virtual (terminal
> emulator) or a (virtual terminal) emulator. In the first case, it would
> be something like an expect script that makes a guest program think it
> is running in a terminal emulator. In the second case, it would be some
> sort of environment that, for instance, intercepted i/o to /dev/pts/*
> and mangled it somehow.
> The point is, st could be called a terminal emulator, or (somewhat more
> loosely) a virtual terminal, but it's not a virtual terminal emulator
> outside of the Department of Redundancy Department.
> WG
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