Subject: kern/6536: wscons has no equivalent to PCVT_META_ESC
To: None <>
From: Bill Sommerfeld <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 12/05/1998 15:30:49
>Number:         6536
>Category:       kern
>Synopsis:       wscons has no equivalent to PCVT_META_ESC
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    kern-bug-people (Kernel Bug People)
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Sat Dec  5 07:35:00 1998
>Originator:     Bill Sommerfeld
>Release:        981201
System: NetBSD 1.3I NetBSD 1.3I (ORCHARDII) #3: Tue Dec 1 09:41:18 EST 1998 i386

	wscons appears to have no equivalent to pcvt's "PCVT_META_ESC"
	option; meta always sets the eighth bit of the character.
	maybe i'm confused about i18n issues, but this would appear to
	be problematic if you want a meta key and also want to be able
	to enter non-7bit-ascii characters via a "compose" type

	I notice this most with zsh, which has an emacs mode but
	doesn't seem to play the bit-8-set == meta game..

	this is a regression in functionality from pcvt to wscons..
	try to get alt-x to send ESC x instead of 'x'|0x80
	add a mode where the keypresses are preceded by ESC instead of
	having their high bit set..