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[PATCH] docs/system/s390x: Improve the 3270 documentation

From: Thomas Huth
Subject: [PATCH] docs/system/s390x: Improve the 3270 documentation
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2020 18:04:39 +0200

There is some additional information about the 3270 support in our
Wiki at https://wiki.qemu.org/Features/3270 - so let's include this
information into the main documentation now to have one single
source of information (the Wiki page could later be removed).

Signed-off-by: Thomas Huth <thuth@redhat.com>
 docs/system/s390x/3270.rst | 43 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++------
 1 file changed, 37 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)

diff --git a/docs/system/s390x/3270.rst b/docs/system/s390x/3270.rst
index 1774cdcadf..80350264d7 100644
--- a/docs/system/s390x/3270.rst
+++ b/docs/system/s390x/3270.rst
@@ -1,9 +1,15 @@
 3270 devices
-QEMU supports connecting an external 3270 terminal emulator (such as
-``x3270``) to make a single 3270 device available to a guest. Note that this
-supports basic features only.
+The 3270 is the classic 'green-screen' console of the mainframes (see the
+`IBM 3270 Wikipedia article <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_3270>`__).
+The 3270 data stream is not implemented within QEMU; the device only provides
+TN3270 (a telnet extension; see `RFC 854 
+and `RFC 1576 <https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1576>`__) and leaves the heavy
+lifting to an external 3270 terminal emulator (such as ``x3270``) to make a
+single 3270 device available to a guest. Note that this supports basic
+features only.
 To provide a 3270 device to a guest, create a ``x-terminal3270`` linked to
 a ``tn3270`` chardev. The guest will see a 3270 channel device. In order
@@ -12,10 +18,14 @@ to actually be able to use it, attach the ``x3270`` 
emulator to the chardev.
 Example configuration
+* Make sure that 3270 support is enabled in the guest's kernel. You need
+  ``CONFIG_TN3270`` and at least one of ``CONFIG_TN3270_TTY`` (for additional
+  ttys) or ``CONFIG_TN3270_CONSOLE`` (for a 3270 console).
 * Add a ``tn3270`` chardev and a ``x-terminal3270`` to the QEMU command line::
-    -chardev socket,id=char_0,host=,port=2300,nowait,server,tn3270
-    -device x-terminal3270,chardev=char_0,devno=fe.0.000a,id=terminal_0
+   -chardev socket,id=ch0,host=,port=2300,nowait,server,tn3270
+   -device x-terminal3270,chardev=ch0,devno=fe.0.000a,id=terminal0
 * Start the guest. In the guest, use ``chccwdev -e 0.0.000a`` to enable
   the device.
@@ -29,4 +39,25 @@ Example configuration
     systemctl start serial-getty@3270-tty1.service
-This should get you an addtional tty for logging into the guest.
+  This should get you an addtional tty for logging into the guest.
+* If you want to use the 3270 device as the kernel console instead of an
+  additional tty, you can also append ``conmode=3270 condev=000a`` to the
+  guest's kernel command line. The kernel then should use the 3270 as
+  console after the next boot.
+3270 support is still experimental. In particular:
+* Only one 3270 device is supported.
+* It has only been tested with Linux guests and the x3270 emulator.
+* TLS/SSL is not yet supported.
+* Resizing on reattach is not yet supported.
+* Multiple commands in one inbound buffer (for example, when the reset key
+  is pressed while the network is slow) are not yet supported.

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