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Re: Is there a FAQ? (HELP)

From: Thomas Dickey
Subject: Re: Is there a FAQ? (HELP)
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2000 18:45:15 -0400
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On Thu, Oct 12, 2000 at 04:37:09PM -0400, William Blair Wagner wrote:
> Hi Thomas,
> Thanx for your thought.  I'll try with 4.2, since that seems to be the
> oldest version available on the gnu ftp site. I did allow the make
> install to build and install the terminfo database, but I elected to
> place that in a seperately (prefixed) location.  I ensure I'm not using
> any $HOME/.terminfo by setting the TERMINFO environment variable to
> /usr/share/lib/terminfo (on the HP). It was important to us to use the
> OS supplied terminfo.

HP has two implementations of curses (I've read).  I'm not sure if they also
have two terminfo databases; that's a possibility.  From what I read, it sounds
as if the older curses implementation is SVr3 curses, which does not support
line-drawing characters in quite the same manner (the terminfo database entries
do not line up, some are missing).  I have a hunch that the newer (color) one
would be compatible - if it uses a separate terminfo database (since HPUX 11 is
"supposed to be" SVr4-compatible like Solaris and IRIX 6).

It should be possible (by making a customized include/Caps file) to make
ncurses work seamlessly with the older HPUX terminfo database, but no one has
been interested enough to pursue that (I've suggested this 2-3 times).  I
have occasional access (for the moment) to an old HPUX system, from which
I got this notion.
> I've visited the FAQ. Thanx for that too. Any direction on the best news
> group to ask others for similar experiences?

not really - I run deja-news to look for ncurses, and find people asking
(mostly not answering) in the linux, unix and freebsd newsgroups.

Thomas E. Dickey <address@hidden>

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