Provided by: libsvga1-dev_1.4.3-27ubuntu1_i386
vga_flip - toggle between text and graphics mode
switches between graphics and text mode without destroying the screen
contents. This makes it possible for your application to use both text
and graphics output.
However, This is an old vgalib function. You should really only use it
for debugging as it runs extremely unstable because svgalib now does
its own virtual console management. If you want to perform a similar
action, save the current screen contents with ordinary memory copy
operation to the frame buffer or gl_getbox(3), set vga_setmode(TEXT),
then call vga_setmode(3) to return to graphics operation and restore
the screen contents with memory or gl_putbox(3).
One could also use vga_drawscansegment(3) and vga_getscansegment(3)
However, avoid any calls to vga_flip() in your applications.
The function always returns 0, a fact on which you shouldn’t rely.
It might be useful if you are debugging one of your svgalib
applications though. If your program reaches a breakpoint while in
graphics mode, you can switch to text mode with the gdb command
and later restore the graphics screen contents with the same command.
It is useful to define the following alias in gdb:
define flip <Return> print vga_flip() <Return> end <Return>
svgalib(7), vgagl(7), libvga.config(5), vga_init(3),
vga_setflipchar(3), vga_drawscanline(3), vga_drawscansegment(3),
vga_getscansegment(3), gl_getbox(3), gl_putbox(3)
This manual page was edited by Michael Weller <email@example.com-
essen.de>. The exact source of the referenced function as well as of
the original documentation is unknown.
It is very likely that both are at least to some extent are due to Harm
Occasionally this might be wrong. I hereby asked to be excused by the
original author and will happily accept any additions or corrections to
this first version of the svgalib manual.