Subject: Re: xterm v. xterm-old
To: Thomas Dickey <>
From: M L Riechers <>
List: current-users
Date: 02/07/2001 20:01:19
Well, I found xrdb, read the man page, and did

 xrdb -remove -

and promptly blew away _all_ my x terminal resources. (Darn!)

Then, in a green-on-black xterm window, I started lynx again:

Wed Feb  7 19:26:49 on /tmp A) lynx -book

Same as before.

Wed Feb  7 19:26:57 on /tmp A) lynx -nocolor -book

Same as before.


Wed Feb  7 19:27:22 on /tmp A) xrdb -query

returned null.

So then I had the presence of mind to start a new xterm window:

Wed Feb  7 19:27:32 on /tmp A) exec xterm -dc -bg "black" \
-fg "green" -fn "-*-courier-medium-r-*-*-24-*-*-*-*-*-*-*" -geometry \
10x9+10+600 -ls -title "A Big Black Screen -- already on a Big, Big \
mac" &
[13] 8710
Wed Feb  7 19:28:03 on /tmp A)xterm: Cannot allocate color blue3
xterm: Cannot allocate color magenta3

Mmmmm.  New xterm window is green-on-black xterm window, and
(mouse cut) highlights give me black text on green background.

So, I started lynx:

Wed Feb  7 19:28:35 on /tmp A) lynx -book

No bold yellow on blue, but black text on off-white (regular? text),
red text on off-white (highlight), and yellow text on green (message
bar?).  Aside from the colours being fairly frightening, I guess it
more or less worked (mayhap allowing for the colours it couldn't

Oh, and I guess Geoff, the background might be blue, and the first
foreground text might be bold yellow (s'posd to be yellow on green,
AFAICT), because that message would be just an error message saying
lynx couldn't find a book mark file on mterm -- because there ain't

Feb  7 19:30:20 on /tmp A) lynx -nocolor -book

did a nice green text on black background, with the highlights black
text on green background -- all just as I would want.

Now, aside from the fact that I have no x terminal resources anymore,
all is well.

However, I think the xterm program might be due a couple of touch-ups?