Subject: Re: ncurses and terminfo
To: Jason Downs <>
From: Julian Bean <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/02/1996 20:06:10
At 7:52 am 2/4/96, Jason Downs wrote:
>In message <>,
>        J.T. Conklin writes:
>>> There was talk of doing it right before 1.1 came out and is was decided,
>>> I thought, that it would be done immediately after 1.1 since no one
>>> wanted to introduce that large of a change at such a late date in the
>>> release cycle.
>>That was the plan, but IMO ncurses still isn't in good enough shape to
>>integrate into NetBSD.  I am tracking ncurses development, submitting
>>patches, etc.  It's getting better, and I plan on integrating it as
>>soon as I feel it's "ready".
>ncurses is literally *filled* with messy code, and it's straight ANSI C.
>Going to ncurses would be more of a retreat for NetBSD then a move

Any better ideas then?

The BSD curses maintainer has, apparently stopped.

Do we maintain our own curses legacy?

>From external structure terminfo would appear to be superior to termcap
(correct me if I'm wrong), and we need something.  I have enough hassles
making shells etc work on two fairly standard terminals, a Sun3 console and
a Mac68k console.

ncftp won't compile OOTB as a visual system because our curses is too old -
I have a copy compiled against a static libncurses, which is no longer on
my system,


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