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From Guillaume Nodet <gno...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Text editing in the Karaf console
Date Sun, 02 Dec 2012 21:14:03 GMT
Interesting.  I had this in mind since a long time but had not thought
about bridging a native text editor.
One obvious downside is that this would kinda be unix specific ...

Now, as to your questions, you're going into dark areas here.  You've been
warned ;-)

On Sun, Dec 2, 2012 at 6:40 PM, Ioannis Canellos <iocanel@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi guys,
> One feature I've always liked to have in the karaf console is the ability
> to edit text files. See https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/KARAF-2044
> I took a stub last night, to integrate existing editors that might be
> present in the system with the Karaf console (e.g. vi, nano or edit in
> windows).
> To my surprise starting the editor as a new Process and wiring input and
> output seems to just work.
> There are just a few things I'd like to solve before committing and I
> wanted some ideas:
> i) I can pass the terminal height and width to the process, but how do I
> get those values get updated if I resize while the editor is open?

If the connection is done through ssh, the native terminal on the other
will send events that could be intercepted.  However, when using a locale
console, there's no easy way to be notified afaik.

> ii) Some editor don't take kindly the delete character and prefer backspace
> (changing ascii 127 to ascii 8). Is this safe to do. Is there a better way
> to handle it?
> iii) After closing the editor, the console sometimes gets "flaky" arrow
> keys might stop working etc.

When creating a shell through ssh, the terminal configuration is passed
through ssh. Those parameters are available at
Now, the problem is to pass those terminal settings to the native process
and this should be done by calling stty to configure the terminal.
However, I'm not sure really what would happen when not using a real
terminal, i.e. when calling from ssh.  I suppose we'd have to create
a pseudo-terminal and use it, but i fear this kinda rely on fork/exec unix

I initially had in mind rewriting the editor, but given the huge task, I
alwasy deferred it.  Interfacing with a real native terminal is certainly
easier, but the problems may be largely more difficult to solve, because
java is not really the best way to interface with unix executable.

Anyway, good work so far ...

> Thoughts?
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Guillaume Nodet
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