Subject: Re: Termcap & {n,}curses
To: der Mouse <mouse@Collatz.McRCIM.McGill.EDU>
From: None <>
List: current-users
Date: 08/29/1995 23:59:34
der Mouse writes:
> It's also got some ugly aspects, like the single-character
> subdirectories into which the directory of entries is split up.  Or
> that it has to be a directory, rather than a file....

I thought that was rather odd myself, but there are some benefits with
ncurses. One big plus is color!  A big advantage of spliting it in several
files is that you don't have to parse one huge termcap file just to get
window parameters for a particular terminal. It's not like all the files
are all under one directory. There is a hierarchy (based on first character of
the terminal name).  It's a trade off...

I've been using ELF on Linux and the direction is to replace BSD curses
with ncurses. In fact, that's what you get if you get libc/gcc snapshot
for Linux.

> Or perhaps it's just that I've never been able to find sufficient
> documentation.  Of course, that can be looked upon as a pretty
> crippling deficiency :-)

Hmm, that's strange. One of the guys at work just downloaded ncurses and
built it on SunOS. The first thing he commented on was ncurses having
good documentation. The bugs in the curses appl that he is working on
disappeared when he relinked it with ncurses. He also noted that ncurses
does a lot of things correctly where BSD curses or terminfo may not be.
I didn't ask what they were though.

> 					der Mouse

Jim Fridlund / or