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Re: Vte, gnome-terminal, Xfce's Terminal and terminfo entries

From: Thomas Dickey
Subject: Re: Vte, gnome-terminal, Xfce's Terminal and terminfo entries
Date: Sat, 26 May 2007 07:10:51 -0400 (EDT)

On Sat, 26 May 2007, Alexander Toresson wrote:


I've taken a look at ncurses' terminfo definitions for vte capable
stuff, and I noticed that Xfce's Terminal has an entry on its own,
which is just a link to the gnome entry. It also says in a comment
that Xfce's Terminal is a bit less capable than gnome-terminal. I
guess this is the reason it got its own entry to be able to change it
in the future; am I right?

But wouldn't a better approach be to create a basic 'vte' terminfo

perhaps.  But at the time I wrote the entry, gnome-terminal was the only
program using the vte widget (and at the moment it's not clear why some escape sequences in xfce's terminal are missing or broken unless it's because xfce uses a different version of vte than gnome terminal...)

entry and then derive 'gnome' and 'xfce'? gnome-terminal and xfce's
terminal are far from all applications using vte out there. For
example anjuta, tilda, geany and synaptic uses it. Now, wouldn't it be
nice to have a 'vte' terminfo entry that libvte could use as a default
if the application doesn't override it? I doubt all these applications
like anjuta and geany that just use vte as a component in their ui do
need unique terminfo definitions.

Regards, Alexander Toresson

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