[Scummvm-devel] Text output console on Win32

Ori Avtalion oavtal at bezeqint.net
Fri Dec 24 17:18:02 CET 2004


As some of you may or may not know, the Win32 release binary of ScummVM 
opens a console window in addition to the regular one.
The window basically catches everything directed to stdout. It is 
something SDL creates and, at the moment, cannot be disabled.

Should the general user see this window? There are two answers:
1) Yes. The developers aren't expected to play-test every game on every 
platform (Make that just Windows). They potentially encountered more 
bugs, and generate more warning and error messages. We appriciate their 

2) No! For one, I'm sick and tired of the users coming to #scummvm 
reporting on all those generic warnings they're receivings, which don't 
really represent bugs. Also, some of them receive them but don't report 
anything back to the developers. They shouldn't be seeing the window at 
the first place. It probably annoys them.

It's worthy to note that DOSBox also features such a window. I have no 
knowledge of other programs.

Share your thoughts.


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