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  2. JDK-4008589

TTY: Input stream editing (line disciplines, ptys, raw mode)

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    • Type: Enhancement
    • Status: Closed
    • Priority: P4
    • Resolution: Won't Fix
    • Affects Version/s: 1.0.2, 1.2.0, 1.3.0
    • Fix Version/s: None
    • Component/s: core-libs
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    • OS:
      generic, windows_95

      Description

      From jag@doppio Wed Aug 21 09:50 PDT 1996
      Date: Wed, 21 Aug 1996 09:52:10 -0700
      From: jag@doppio (James Gosling)
      Subject: Java API issue
      To: dbowen@doppio
      Mime-Version: 1.0
      Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
      Content-MD5: hs6xVqxfhf1l05aG+h0k5Q==

      Another one for the stack...


      ------------- Begin Forwarded Message -------------

      From ###@###.### Tue Aug 20 15:29:37 1996
      From: Chuck McManis <###@###.###>
      To: "'###@###.###'" <jag@Eng>
      Cc: "'###@###.###'" <###@###.###>
      Subject: Java API issue
      Date: Tue, 20 Aug 1996 15:27:42 -0700

      If you do get around to the Java API this year :-) one issue I'd like to see
      addressed if possible
      is FileInputStream.read();

      In particular, where input stream editing fits in.

      This came up when I wrote a SerialInputStream class that read characters from a PC
      serial
      port. I wanted to connect System.in and System.out into the serial port. So I created
      a
      buffered stream with new BufferedInputStream(new SerialInputStream("com1:9600/8n1"));
      and assigned it to System.in. That worked sort of but there were two problems:
      1) Line editing wasn't dealt with, (while ^h echoed, it also went upstream.)
      2) spontaneous input wasn't possible (aka raw mode) as in {
      while (true) {
      if (in.available() != 0)
      return in.read();
      doSomeOtherThing();
      }

      This isn't an issue in Applets (unless you create interactive serial streams for
      them) but it
      is a major compatibiltiy issue with Applications.

      This is particularly true when different platforms specify different line editing
      disciplines
      (is ^h a delete or is <del>?, what does ^u do? etc)

      There is another related can of worms which is supporting several applications
      running in
      the same VM with different ptys. I'm sure some of this has come up in the Kona work
      and probably been dealt with. I hope it gets fed back into the API.

      Ideally, I'd think that line editing and the notion of a controlling pty could be
      encapsulated
      in a java.lang.Console class. A partial definition might be:
      public class Console {
          /** Create a new console connected to these two streams. */
          public Console(InputStream in, OutputStream out);

          /** Createa new console connected to 'stdin/stdout' */
          public Console();

          /** read one line of input (with line editing) from the console. */
          public String readLine();
         
          /** print a line to the console */
          public void printLine();

          /** return this consoles input stream */
          public ConsoleInputStream inp();

          /** return this consoles output stream */
          public PrintStream out();

          /** return this console's error stream */
          public PrintStream err();
      }

      ConsoleInputStreams could define the line editing discipline. The reason we have
      to combine both an inputstream and an output stream into the class is that for
      line editing the user may type ^r and expect the current input buffer to be replayed.
      The console has to know where to send it. Thus the constructor for ConsoleInputStream
      would take both an InputStream object and an OutputStream object.

      This will also solve the problem that other threads/applications in the same VM can
      stomp System.in and steal the tty from another application.

      --Chuck
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              Assignee:
              mr Mark Reinhold
              Reporter:
              dbowensunw David Bowen (Inactive)
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