Subject: Re: misc/10127: port i386 /etc/ttys says vt220 instead of wsvt25
To: None <>
From: Brad Spencer <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 05/16/2000 15:01:54
   On Tue, May 16, 2000 at 12:30:34PM -0400, Greg A. Woods wrote:
   > That's not a problem.  You should copy the full terminal definition over
   > to the "losing" system, and use it -- you'll get the best of both worlds!
   > This is something that people using terminals to connect to Unix hosts
   > have done for many years -- only recently with the proliferation of X11
   > has much of this been hidden from many users courtesy the universal
   > applicability of a common "xterm" terminal type.

   Sure, but a user that can do this can also change /etc/ttys !
   There is also the termcap vs terminfo issue which may make the problem
   harder (I guess you have to change both files, isn't it ?).


For many years, in previous worlds, I would supply my own termcap/terminfo
database in my home directories and point the TERMCAP environment variable
at that file, or the TERMINFO environment variable at my private terminfo
tree.  This can all be done without the hint of sysadmin ability.

Converting between terminfo and termcap can usually be done with 'infocmp
-C' and 'captoinfo'.

Brad Spencer -
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