OT? Tek 4014 emulator (tying Xterm to ttyS0)

Alexander Schreiber als at thangorodrim.de
Mon Aug 2 18:18:50 CDT 2010

On Mon, Aug 02, 2010 at 08:07:37PM +0100, Philip Pemberton wrote:
> Hi guys,
> I'm building some hardware that spits out debug info on a regular
> basis, and I figured it'd be useful to have this data graphed
> on-screen. Making it keep track of the last "N" samples and draw
> them wouldn't be hard, except adding an LCD display is out of the
> question (takes up too many I/O pins).
> On the other hand, I have a perfectly good serial port which runs at
> a decent rate of speed (115200 baud), and Xterm can emulate a
> Tektronix 4014 vector terminal. Perfect... except I can't see an
> easy way to tie Xterm to a serial port instead of having it run an
> application.
> There's nothing in the manpage (admittedly I haven't read it all,
> just grepped it for a few obvious terms) and 'apropos' isn't finding
> anything useful. I've been told that tip(1) on BSD will do what I
> want, I just can't find anything similar on Linux...

Hmm, wouldn't running kermit (connected to the serial port) inside the
xterm do the trick?

Kind regards,
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